ICC congratulates Pakistan on successfully hosting World XI's tour

ICC congratulates Pakistan for successful staging of Independence Cup

ICC congratulates Pakistan for successful staging of Independence Cup

Pakistan beat the touring World XI Friday by 33 runs in the third and final T20I here to lift the Independence Cup trophy 2-1 and thrill home fans excited by the return of global cricket. Since then our players have to travel foreign countries all year, longing for that cheerful noise of a home crowd.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's Grant Elliott, who is now in Pakistan to play the T20 series for World XI, said he found security in the Asian nation as "amazing".

Since then the country has only played minor worldwide matches on home soil against Zimbabwe, Kenya and Afghanistan. "Everything was very smooth and very easy and we say thank you for that".

Du Plessis led a World XI in a three-match Twenty20 worldwide series in Lahore over the past five days as Pakistan showcased the cricketing world its capabilities to host global matches after eight years.

Marcus Stoinis: Australia Need to Score Big Totals
Electing to bat, Australia posted a formidable 347 for seven score before bowling out Board President's XI for 244 in 48.2 overs. Stoinis and Matthew Wade then pushed them into overdrive with a sixth-wicket stand of 85 that came in eight overs.

"This tour is another reminder of the fact that cricket transcends boundaries", he added.

The efforts of the ICC and the PCB had already started bearing fruit before the series had even begun when Sri Lanka and the West Indies agreed to visit the country later this year. "I don't see in the short term there are any plans for us to play in Pakistan" he added.

Acknowledging the importance of that event, Richardson said that the current three-match series would go a long way towards convincing other countries that Pakistan could safely host their teams. The PCB needs all the appreciation, all the law enforcing agencies who were involved deserve praise, players who took on the challenge of coming here and playing cricket deserve special mention.

"One thing I think we all should remember is that these are baby steps and I am sure that the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) will take one safe and steady step at a time", the star sportsman said in his opening statement during the post-series press conference.

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