World XI take on young Pakistan side in historic T20 clash today

World XI take on young Pakistan side in historic T20 clash today

Anyways, World XI were always playing the catch-up game after the first six overs.

The passion and enthusiasm of people were extremely high as the first T20 of a three-match series between Pakistan and World XI kicked off at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday.

The worldwide players arrived at Allama Iqbal global Airport amid tight security early on Monday morning. "This series is a good omen for the revival of global cricket in Pakistan and I am so excited to watch my favorite cricketer Hashim Amla play", Oman said.

"This courageous nation suffered for a very long time being deprived of global cricket", Flower said.

More than 8,000 police and paramilitary forces will be deployed, with the security measures seen as vital - even if it means the city is brought to a standstill.

After the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team, only Zimbabwe visited the country in 2015 for a short series.

Both the sides will play three T20 worldwide matches in the series. Eight of them are playing at home for the first time.

Pakistan's cricket board has shouldered the expense of hosting matches in Dubai since the 2009 attack and lost considerable revenue in fees and other expenses.

But security has dramatically improved across Pakistan in the last two years, signalling hopes for the slow revival of worldwide sport in the country.

Strict security measures were employed before the much-awaited Pakistan versus World XI match, which marks the return of global cricket in Pakistan.

World XI: Tamim Iqbal, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (capt), Grant Elliott, David Miller, Tim Paine (wk), Darren Sammy, Ben Cutting, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel.

Cricket is hugely popular in Pakistan, and cricketing authorities have been keenly working to revive the game at home.

Babar Azam slammed a 86 run knock as Pakistan scored 197 for five and later restricted World XI side to 177 for seven in the first of the three Twenty20 global between the two sides kicked-off in Lahore on Tuesday. "We are looking forward to seeing a lot of you watching the great cricket that we are going to put on show and we had a warm welcome already".

"I don't feel frustrated at all, they all are doing it for our safety and we must support it", said Riaz, who works for a local bank in Lahore.

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