Buoyed by a 102-run second-wicket stand between opener Ahmed Shehzad and batsman Babar Azam, Pakistan reached 183 for four in their 20 overs before restricting the star-studded World XI team led by South African captain Faf du Plessis to 150 for eight.
World XI: Faf du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, George Elliott, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.
Final match between Pakistan and World XI just to begin and around 25, 000 spectators are already gathered in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore to watch World XI T20 Final today (September 15) in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore has total capacity of 27,000 spectators.
Yousuf, who represented Pakistan in 90 Tests, 288 ODIs and three T20Is, and scored more than 17 thousand runs combined, also applauded teams' performance in the opening match.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had organized the series in collaboration with the ICC in a bid to revive global cricket at home after eight years. "As a cricketer, knowing that you can not play cricket hurts badly", Irfan said.
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. "The door is open and I am sure in the next two-three years bigger teams like India, Australia and England will also tour us".
With the series poised 1-1, Pakistan and the World XI are embroiled in a gripping battle for victory.
"I have always spoken for this trend, those who have served Pakistan cricket should be given a proper and memorable send-off", said the former captain. Hopefully, Pakistan will play Test cricket at home again.
Addressing the media in Lahore, the Pakistan skipper said that they have young team which has the ability to beat any team. The incident had taken place in Lahore in March 2009, wounding six players and killing two civilians and six Pakistani policemen.