Ahmed Shehzad powers hosts to Independence Cup series win

Ahmed Shehzad powers hosts to Independence Cup series win

Pakistan coasted to a comfortable 33-run victory against a World XI in their decisive Twenty20 global on Friday to clinch the three-match series 2-1.

With the series ending on a successful note, Pakistan have taken another step towards hosting worldwide games on regular basis with the World XI players and support staffs deserving a lot of credit.

Shehzad put on 41 for the first wicket with Fakhar Zaman who made 21 before missing a slog at Badree and falling lbw in the in the fifth over.

Talking about the official announcement of the end of his ban, he said, "As every official of PCB is busy in the World XI series, I will be contacting them over phone and then they will give me time to meet and for the official letter after which is will be able to play cricket".

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For Pakistan, Ahmed Shahzad remained top scorer with 89 runs and Babar Azam scored 48.

A brilliant batting display from the hosts saw them posting a challenging score of 183/4 in the allotted 20 overs. Miller fell to a Hasan Ali ball.

"I am still trying to convince Sri Lanka to play at least two matches in the coming series in Lahore", Sethi said. In the next over Morkel was run out at just 1 and the World XI side was in heaps of trouble.

For Pakistan, pacer Hasan Ali was the most successful bowler with two wickets for 28 while Rumman Raees, Usman Khan Shinwari and Imad Wasim claimed one wicket each.

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Badree was one of two changes made by World XI along with England's Paul Collingwood - playing his first worldwide since retiring in 2011.

Because of the ongoing decent T20I short series, the Sri Lanka and West Indies have reportedly agreed to play against Pakistan in their country in coming months.

Irfan was initially suspended for a year by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following the investigations into the spot-fixing allegations in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

He said that the victory in Independence Cup is the conquest of moderate and tolerant Pakistan, adding that irrespective of win or defeat, a peaceful Pakistan has won today. "The tremendous interest of the people in the event is the proof that Pakistanis are a peaceful nation", he said.

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