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Babar Azam, Ahmed Shehzad fire Pakistan to 174/6

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Published : Sep 14, 2017, 1:28 am IST
Updated : Sep 14, 2017, 1:28 am IST

Sethi said the itinerary for the matches against West Indies would be announced soon.

Members of the Pakistan and World XI teams pose at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore before the start of the second T20. (Photo: AFP)
 Members of the Pakistan and World XI teams pose at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore before the start of the second T20. (Photo: AFP)

Lahore: Pakistan, who won the toss and elected to bat, made 174/6 in the second Twenty20 international against the World XI at Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday.

Babar Azam (45), Ahmed Shehzad (43) and Shoaib Malik (39) had good starts but none of them went on to score big, as Pakistan found it tough going on a slow and low pitch.

For the World XI Sri Lankan paceman Thisara Perera and West Indian spinner Samuel Badree claimed two wickets apiece.

Pakistan lead the three-match series 1-0 after their 20-run win Tuesday in a match which marked the return of international cricket to the South Asian country.

Pak set to host Windies
Pakistan are set to host the West Indies in a short three-match Twenty20 series in Lahore at the end of November this year, a top Cricket Board official said.

“The agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board has been finalised and done and they have confirmed they will come to Lahore in November to play three T20 Internationals,” PCB chairman Najam Sethi said.

Sethi said the itinerary for the matches against West Indies would be announced soon. He informed that Sri Lanka has also confirmed to play a lone T20 international on October 29 in Lahore. “I am still trying to convince Sri Lanka to play at least two matches in the coming series in Lahore,” Sethi said.

If both the tours materialise, it would be the first time since the militants attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March, 2009 that Pakistan would witness a proper international season at home, starting with the ongoing tour by the World XI.

No top Test playing nation has visited Pakistan due to security concerns since the deadly attack on the Sri Lankan team in which at least six Pakistani policemen were killed. Although the PCB did manage to bring Zimbabwe to Lahore for a short limited over series in May, 2015, those matches were not approved by the International Cricket Council.

Sethi said the tour by the West Indies is an important milestone as it would be a proper bilateral series in Pakistan and it would open the windows for the PCB to negotiate with other cricket playing nations.

Sethi said with five South African current players in the World XI side presently in Lahore, the PCB would holds talks with Cricket South Africa to consider sending the full South African team for a short bilateral series sometime next year.

“Right now we are compelled to play only in Lahore but obviously with time we will schedule matches at other Test venues like Karachi, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Multan,” he said.

Tags: world xi, babar azam, ahmed shehzad
Location: Pakistan, Punjab, Lahore