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Pakistan All Stars XI beats Int'l World XI


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International World XI cricketer Adam Sanford (R) plays a shot on October 21, 2012 during the second Twenty 20 cricket match against Pakistan All Stars at the National Stadium in Karachi. -AFP Photo

KARACHI: Opening batsman Imran Nazir smashed 53 off 33 balls as the Pakistan All Stars XI defeated an International World XI by six wickets in the second Twenty20 exhibition match to clinch the series 2-0.    

Nazir hit five boundaries and five sixes in the All Stars' convincing 145-4 in 16.4 overs after the International World XI compiled 142-9.

The series was organized by provincial sports minister Dr. Mohammad Ali Shah, who is hoping it will help return international cricket to Pakistan. No test playing nation has toured Pakistan due to security concerns since gunmen attacked a Sri Lanka team bus in March 2009.

After being sent in to bat, the International World XI lost its captain Sanath Jayasuriya off the third ball, a contentious lbw decision by umpire Saleem Badar, after TV replays showed fast bowler Sohail Khan had pitched the ball outside the leg stump.

International World XI was reeling at 85-9 in the 16th over before No. 11 Nantie Hayward of South Africa hammered three boundaries and four sixes in an unbeaten 42 off just 16 balls that gave the total some respectability.

Leftarm spinner Faraz Ahmed took 3-20 while Tabish Khan picked up two wickets for 19 runs.

The Pakistan All Stars XI won the first match by 84 runs.

Jayasuriya said he did not see any security problems during his stay in Pakistan and enjoyed playing in front of capacity crowds of more than 32,000 at the National Stadium.

''It's high time to assess the situation here in Pakistan and convince the other cricket boards,'' he said. ''It's a big responsibility on the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) to push the other countries' cricket boards because we came here and nothing happened.''

Pakistan All Stars XI 145-4 in 16.4 overs (Imran Nazir 53, Shahzaib Hasan 39, Asad Shafiq 23 not out; Steven Taylor 3-22) def. International World XI 142-9 (Nantie Hayward 42 not out, Andre Seymore 25; Faraz Ahmed 3-20, Tabish Khan 2-19) by six wickets.

Comments (6) Closed

Hafeez Oct 22, 2012 08:30pm
How Zulqarnain Haider is playing. He should be banned for ever from cricket.
hanzala Oct 22, 2012 01:24pm
keep it up pakistan. Inshallah we shall win the next world cup.
Abdul Wahab-Pakistan Oct 22, 2012 07:13am
A very good effort for the home cricket starved nation. So, will the cricket board wizards take some action in the right direction as advised by Jaysurya. Hats off to him.
Hasnain Haque Oct 21, 2012 08:48pm
I am afraid two unofficial minor matches are not enough to convince the world that it is safe to play in Pakistan. Why don't the Pakistanis realise that if massive amount of security is needed to protect anyone then that in itself means that it is not safe. If ordinary people in Pakistan don't feel safe then how can you expect outsiders to come and play. It is not the case whether Pakistan can provide the security but instead when all this security is not necessary, then it cold be considered that it is safe.
dosht Oct 21, 2012 08:38pm
afzal khan Oct 21, 2012 08:20pm
We thanks you from bottom of our heart that all the visitor who came to play in Pakistan we the entire nation of Pakistan saying thank you to make this frist step possible without your help it was not possible to even think to bringing the international cricket back to Pakistan we appreciated very much once again thank you.