Pakistan XI set 223 Runs Target for World XI 20 Oct 2012 at Karachi.Pakistan All Stars XI has set a daunting 223 for the International Stars to win.Winning the toss and electing to bat first the Pakistan All Stars XI never looked in trouble as all their batsmen played aggressively posting a huge first innings total. Shazaib Hasan scored a hard hitting 54 with 6 fours and 4 sixes, while Umer Akmal hit 7 fours and 3 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 67. Imran Nazir with 29 was the other useful contributor.
The International World XI looked rusty with quite a few dropped catches and some wayward bowling. However MS Tshabalala bowled well to get 3-20. Shapoor Zardan 2-38 and Nel and J.Lawson bagged a wicket a piece for 44 and 28 runs respectively.
Ice will break as Pakistan XI take on an International World XI in the opening of two Twenty20 exhibition cricket matches at National Stadium under lights.
Dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi will lead Pakistan XI while former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya will lead International XI.
Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara turned down a $1.5 million dollar offer to take part in two exhibition Twenty20 matches in Pakistan, The Trinidad Guardian reported.
An International World XI captained by Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya and featuring several former South African and West Indian Test players will take on a Pakistan All Stars side led by Shahid Afridi in the two Twenty 20s in Karachi on Saturday and Sunday.
Lara confirmed that he had been approached by organisers but felt his participation in the matches that have not been sanctioned by the ICC or the PCB would send a wrong message.
“Yes, an offer was made to me. Until such time as the governing body in Pakistan is able to convince the rest of the world that the best safety mechanisms have been put in place, and the ICC agrees, I would have to say no.”
Two former West Indies players Ricardo Powell and Jermaine Lawson are included in the International World XI side.
Commenting on the issue Powell said: “I have travelled the world for cricket but never saw better and more stringent security arrangements, I am happy to be in Pakistan and feel that I am contributing to a great cause by being here.”
Despite the exhibition status of the matches, it has generated a huge interest among the international cricket starved people of Pakistan.
This is for the first time since March 2, 2009 that some international cricketers are visiting Pakistan after terrorists attack on the bus carrying Sri Lankan players near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Pakistan XI: Shahid Afridi (Captain), Younus Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Asad
Shafiq, Shahzaib Hasan, Khalid Latif, Umer Akmal, Fawad Alam, Shoaib
Malik, Umer Gul, Muhammad Sami, Wahab Riaz, Sarfraz Ahmed
(wicketkeeper), Faisal Iqbal, Anwar Ali and Imran Nazir.
International World XI are:
Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka), Ricardo Powell, Steven Taylor,
Jermaine Charles Lawson, Adam Sanford (West Indies), Lungile Bosman,
Mthandeki Tschabalala, Andre Nel, Andre Johann Seymore, M.Hayword
(South Africa), Shapoor Zadran and Muhammad Shehzad- WK
Officials: Alvin Kallicharan (coach), Shoaib Muhammad (Assistant
coach), Jeff Millar (Manager).
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