ICC to allocate cricket event to Pakistan in couple of years

Paul Collingwood is relishing the opportunity of playing for World XI at the age of 41

Paul Collingwood is relishing the opportunity of playing for World XI at the age of 41

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.

Pakistan had registered a 20-run win in the first match on Tuesday, which marked the return of worldwide cricket to the country.

"The wait is over now and worldwide cricket is here", he said.

Batting for World XI, only Thisara Perera, with a 13-ball 32 including three sixes and two fours, and David Miller, who hit a 29-ball 32, made significant contributions.

Bravo still hopeful Man City can strike Sanchez deal
I know him from Barcelona. "Sometimes deals happen, sometimes not", he continued. "We will see in the future". It will be short but the next (game) he will not be able to play.

Update: Pakistan defeat World XI by 33 runs to clinch the Independence Cup.

Pakistan is now organising the World XI cricket tour on their land which had recently been backed by the ICC.

Others never got going in a shaky chase which saw three World XI batsmen run out. Azam, dropped on 22 by South African Imran Tahir at fine leg, also missed his second half century of the series when he holed out after scoring 48 off 31 balls with five boundaries.

He also said: "From a political point of view, obviously, if an Indian player would have been a part of this tour you can imagine the level of attention he would have attracted and the pressures it would have brought from the security point of view".

Jose weakens to tropical storm, but expected to get a second wind
The National Hurricane Center expects Jose to veer northeast later Thursday in an arc that keeps it off the East coast. The hurricane does not now pose a threat to land and forecasters expect few changes in its intensity.

With two matches already played, the series is tied at 1-1, with everything to play for in the last match, scheduled for Friday evening.

No top Test playing nation has visited Pakistan due to security concerns since the deadly attack on the Sri Lankan team in which at least six Pakistani policemen were killed. In the next over Morkel was run out at just 1 and the World XI side was in heaps of trouble.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi believes that the ongoing Independence Cup is the first step towards the resumption of global cricket in the country, which would eventually also help in gradually improving PCB's finances in future contests.

He is hoping that the ban will now be lifted and expressed hope to play the T20 match against Sri Lanka, set to be held in Lahore in October this year.

United Kingdom to Scrutinise Fox-Sky Bid
Fox owns 39% of Sky but wants to assume total control of the broadcaster. "These are matters the CMA may wish to consider". Other opponents of the deal lined up to laud Bradley's announcement.

Latest News