Pakistan vs World XI: The Tour is For a Good Cause but We’re on a Mission to Win – Morne Morkel
So far, the historic Independence Cup, which has kicked out most of the insecurities regarding the thought of playing cricket in Pakistan, has panned out excitingly with the three-match series being level at 1-1.
The purpose of the tour by the World XI, who happens to be only the second international team to visit Pakistan after the terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009, was to restore the faith among cricket playing nations about Pakistan’s ability to host international cricket with any security worries.
It has been the bigger objective, but on Friday, the agenda will most likely change into something more selfish, as both teams will train their focus on winning.
Just What Pakistan Wanted
The hosts got off to a winning start with a fairly comfortable win in the opening game on Tuesday. All World XI could take away from the game was the celebratory style grand welcome.
The visitors were in no mood to just let away the series slip from their hands. Backed by Hashim Amla’s undefeated 72, they levelled the series in a thrilling contest the following day. The underperformer in the first match – Thisara Perera – was the man in the spotlight after he smashed a six off the penultimate ball innings.
“Yes it is for a good cause, and it’s great to be back in Pakistan, but the squad here, we have one mission, and that is to win,” World XI and Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel said.
“We have pride in our performances. It’s 1-1 all. It’s what Pakistan, the country asked for, so hopefully, we can have that atmosphere on Friday.”
Morkel was one of the key men contributing in the winning process, bowling a miserly spell of 0/20 from his four overs.
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