Six players were wounded in the attack, in which two civilians and six security officers lost their lives. Backed by the International Cricket Council, the series has been heralded as the return of international cricket. Sri Lanka have agreed to visit Pakistan for one match at the end of September and West Indies are planning to send a team later in the year, Pakistan Cricket Board chief Najam Sethi said.
Ahmed Shehzad "I was speaking with some of the World XI players and they said they would love to come back to Pakistan" #Cricket #PAKvWXI— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 15, 2017
Gracious in defeat, Du Plessis praised the Pakistan team and said he would welcome more opportunities to tour the country. Frenzied fans packed the stands of the 60,000 capacity Gaddafi Stadium, cheering almost equally for both teams. Many members of Pakistan's young cricket-mad population, 60 percent of which is under 25, have not had a chance to watch live cricket at home.
Congratulations #teampakistan. Well played @iamAhmadshahzad &@babarazam258 Well bowled by all bowlers.@TheRealPCB @ICC #CricketComesHome— Junaid khan 83 (@JunaidkhanREAL) September 15, 2017
Even before the 2009 attack, tours to the country had become infrequent with many teams refusing to visit due to security concerns. People could be seen dancing to Bhangra music in the streets around the stadium after the match, as joyous fans headed home.
Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi at Gaddafi Stadium watching the third T20I between Pakistan and World XI #PAKvWXI pic.twitter.com/oBGntbcS5XSeptember 15, 2017
Lahore was on high-alert during the matches, with heightened security measures enforced across the city. Commuters were forced to plan alternate routes and avoid driving in the vicinity of the stadium.
Pakistan now has more wins against World XI in 3 games than against India in 8 games in the T20I format. #PAKvWorldXI— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) September 15, 2017
Local police were tasked with emptying roads when the team buses travelled to and from the hotel. BRIEF SCORE Pakistan 183/4 in 20 overs (Shehzad 89, Babar 48) beat World XI 150/8 in 20 overs (Perera 32, Tamim 14) by 33 runs
3rd T20I: Andy Flower speaks with the host broadcaster as Darren Sammy listens #PAKvsWorldXI @darensammy88 @ICC pic.twitter.com/qaCMEnphck— Sami Ul Hasan (@Samiburney) September 15, 2017
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