ICC to allocate cricket event to Pakistan in couple of years

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Pakistan Eleven thrashed the World Eleven to clinch the Independence Cup, winning the three-match Twenty20 global series 2-1, here amid tight security at the jam-packed Gaddafi Stadium on Friday night.

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf hailed the level of competitive cricket played in the first T20I on Monday, where Sarfraz Ahmed-led unit beat World XI by 20 runs in a high-scoring encounter.

World XI skipper Faf du Plessis is confident of his side's performance in the final T20I.

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". He was run-out after three back-to-back 6s in the 17th over. The cricketer and the board had developed differences in 2016 in connection with his "farewell" after retirement from worldwide cricket.

He added that if Pakistan Super League matches are played in Pakistan it would increase the confidence and trust of the global cricket community that security situation is safe in Pakistan. In reply, World XI only managed to score 150 runs. It is understood that the arrangements made for the World XI tour were made independently by the ICC and FICA's consent is necessary when bilateral series are being played.

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"The way Pakistan team played against top players of the world was tremendous", he said.

He said: "Pakistan is an unavoidable part of the worldwide cricket community and the Pakistani people are very passionate about the game". Cameron appreciated PCB's efforts in reviving cricket in Pakistan. Once the team entered the stadium, people gave them a standing ovation. He said that all the money that would have been earned through India-Pakistan matches is now going to the ICC and if cricket resumes between the countries, the cricket boards would be the biggest gainers.

On the other hand, World XI can opt for George Bailey, the former Australian limited-overs captain to strenthen the middle order.

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson, left, addresses a news conference with Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Seth in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

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