Southern African stars lead crusade to end Pakistan's cricket isolation

Faf du Plessis was the joint top scorer for the World XI

Babar and Imad Wasim both got out in the last over trying to take Pakistan over the line.

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 global season at home, starting with the ongoing tour by the World XI.

"These cricketers are here to play their part in the safe and steady return for global cricket in Pakistan so that the enthusiastic and die-hard fans and followers of Pakistan cricket can once again start to watch their stars and their heroes in their own backyard".

Giles Clarke domes the ICC's special task force on Pakistan cricket and has been given a royal treatment while visiting Lahore with the World XI team.

"This has been a huge success", said du Plessis. For the live streaming, cricket lovers in Pakistan can visit the official website of #ptv sports. Nonetheless, the base was not set up and they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Thisara Perera and David Miller both scored 32 runs each to reduce the margin of defeat.

Pakistan had piled up 183-4 after they were sent into bat by World Xi skipper Faf du Plessis.

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However, Shehzad missed out on his second T20 global century when he tried to steal a needless run in the same over and was run out.

Prolific scorer Babar missed his fifty as he made a 31-ball 48 with five boundaries.

His and Pakistan's only hundred in a Twenty20 worldwide had come against Bangladesh during the World Twenty20 tournament in 2014. His 55-ball knock included eight fours and three sixes.

"I am still trying to convince Sri Lanka to play at least two matches in the coming series in Lahore", Sethi said.

During the innings break the Pakistan cricket Board arranged a lap of honour for retired greats Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq.

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.

"We owe all players of the visiting team for helping Pakistan restore global cricket in the country", Lahore resident Uzma Hussain told Reuters.

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