March 24, 2018

ICC congratulates Pakistan for successfully staging Independence Cup

17 September 2017, 12:21 | Rufus Hill

Shahid Afridi Lits up Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium During His Farewell Reception

Pakistan vs World XI: Misbah Ul- Haq, Shahid Afridi take lap of honour in Lahore, watch video

"We welcomed them in a memorable way and we are here to cherish the achievements of our great players besides watching a thrilling match", they added.

"They were so pleased, saying thank you, and they were so excited by the players being there".

"This tour is another reminder of the fact that cricket transcends boundaries", he added. "It didn't feel odd at all".

"When I first thought of coming, obviously there was little bit of nervousness within myself", he said.

Darren Sammy as always loved playing in Pakistan and his smile says it all!

Though the demands rose to a crescendo regarding the revival of cricket in the country in few years but the successful Pakistan Super League final in Lahore gave a major boost to the perception of normalisation of law and order situation in the country in March.

Having recently won the ICC champions title, the team was much motivated than ever to put up a fantastic show for a crowd under the supervision of Sarfaraz Ahmed, The winning captain.

After defeating World XI by 33 runs in the final T20I, Pakistan sealed the three-match series 2-1. Former players Misbah and Afridi also attended the last T20 Match. On the 15th September 2017 West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Dave Cameron has announced that the West Indies team will visit Pakistan in November for a three-match T20 series.

"One thing I think we all should remember is that these are baby steps and I am sure that the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) will take one safe and steady step at a time", the star sportsman said in his opening statement during the post-series press conference.

Former Pakistan skipper Misbah Ul- Haq and Shahid Afridi made their presence felt on the ground.

It is later known that Afridi had agreed to do a lap of honour rather than receive an award or reception by the PCB.

The series between Pakistan and World XI has garnered a lot of hype and interest.

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