Pakistan celebrated the return of global cricket with a thumping 33-run win to clinch the final Twenty20 match and the series against a World XI team at Lahore's Gaddafi stadium Friday.
Update: Pakistan defeat World XI by 33 runs to clinch the Independence Cup.
Pakistan cricket Board arranged separate rides for the two star players in "rikshaws" as soon as the Pakistan innings was completed during the match.
Others never got going in a shaky chase which saw three World XI batsmen run out.
Malik, playing in his 88th T20 worldwide, became Pakistan's highest scorer in the format and surpassed Umar Akmal's total of 1,690 runs before he holed out off the last ball.
While in the second match, Thisara Perera hit a towering six off the penultimate ball to steer the World XI to a thrilling seven-wicket win over Pakistan on Wednesday.
Sunny, dry and breezy weekend
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Ahmed Shehzad was the standout performer with a brilliant knock of 89 off just 55 balls during the third and final Twenty20 worldwide match. In the event of teams refusing to play in Pakistan, the ICC will look into sending another World XI team. But from thereon Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam steadied the ship as they put a 102 run-stand. Complete revival calls for a full-fledged series, including Test and 50-over matches against an global team.
"If security plans stay as good as this, other teams will also come here".
While political tensions between the neighbouring countries are being seen as an obvious reason for Indian players not being part of the World XI squad, ICC CEO Dave Richardson shed more light on the issue.
While disclosing that the ongoing Independence Cup would not be a profitable venture, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi said the activity was the first step towards reviving global cricket which would help gradually improve PCB's finances in future contests.
Sethi also confirmed that before West Indies make their way to Pakistan, they will host Sri Lanka for a lone T20I in the month of October, but added they are still trying to convince Sri Lanka for two more matches.
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