Pakistan beats World XI, wins series

Pakistani fans came decked up in all shades and colours Pakistan v World XI 1st T20I Independence Cup 2017 Lahore

But the World XI tour seems to have finally changed the game for Pakistan.

The World XI chase was off-tracked after the experienced Hashim Amla (21) and Du Plessis (13) were both run out, as they lost wickets with regular intervals.

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".

The World XI crumbled against Pakistan's superb ground fielding with three batsmen getting run outs before it was restricted at 150/8.

The series was arranged as part of Pakistan's efforts to bring back global cricket to the country, which has only hosted Zimbabwe for a limited-over series in 2015.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi believes successful organisation of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) second edition's final in Lahore paved way for the Independence Cup, and hopefully more teams are going to visit the country now.

Flower, speaking at a media conference in Lahore on Monday alongside his captain Du Plessis, which was streamed live on Facebook, said they appreciated the "support they have received from the people of Pakistan for their decision to tour Lahore".

In the World XI team, the openers had presented their good performance recently.

Gracious in defeat, Du Plessis praised the Pakistan team and said he would welcome more opportunities to tour the country.

The charged crowd repeated chanted slogans in recognition of their meritorious services for the Pakistan cricket.

Despite all the hype surrounding the ongoing series in Lahore, the absence of Indian cricketers in the World XI side came as a disappointment for cricket fans, including those in Pakistan.

It's worth noting that, early this year, when there was a suggestion from some quarters that Afridi be given a farewell match to end his global career, the PCB officials, including current chairman Najam Sethi, opposed and ridiculed the idea.

Former Australia captain George Bailey is also in line to play his first game in the series and will most probably replace David Miller.

Cricket ties have also taken a hit as India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since December 2012.

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