After an absence of three and a half years
International cricket made a return to Pakistan on Saturday.
Pakistan All Stars defeated an International World XI by 84 runs in a Twenty20.
They set a target of 223 runs. The World XI made just 138 for eight off of their 20 overs.
The World XI – led by Sanath Jayasuriya and including players from South Africa, Sri Lanka
and the West Indies – visited Pakistan to promote the sport, and show to the world that
Pakistan is safe place to play cricket. Alvin Kallicharan, the World XI coach, said
that the security in Pakistan had been great and that he was pleased at the way the spectators
had responded to the return on the international game.
“No security problem, security has been great. There is nothing you can complain about. See
all these people, Pakistani people I love. I was invited to come here. This extravaganza
which I probably did not expect. It show how Pakistani people are starved for international
cricket”. The second exhibition match will be played
on Sunday the 21st of October.