Sammy slams unbeaten knock for World X1 against Pakistan

Two-time World Twenty20 champion and former West Indies captain Darren Sammy was left unbeaten on 29 as the World X1 went down by 20 runs to Pakistan in Lahore. Chasing 198 for victory, the ICC World X1 was held to 177-7 after 20 overs. Captain Faf du Plesis also scored 29 while Hashim Amla made 25 and Tim Paine 26. Sohail Khan, Rumman Raees and Shadab Khan all claimed two wickets each.

Earlier, Babar Azam led with 86 as Pakistan posted 197-5 after being sent to bat. Ahmed Shezahad also made 38 and Shoaib Malik 39. Thisara Perera grabbed 2-51 while Sammy went wicket less for 24 runs from his 2 overs.

Two more matches are scheduled to be contested in the series as the ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board seek to bring back international cricket to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, it's believed that Sammy along with the other members of the World X1 team are being paid US $100, 000 for the three match Twenty20 series in Pakistan.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will end up spending anywhere between US $2.5 and $3 million for the staging of the series, as it bids to build on unprecedented international goodwill and bring more cricket back to Pakistan.

A major chunk of that figure was spent on bringing the World X1 team to Lahore, the rest is made up mostly by the logistic costs involved. The PCB will not, at least, have to pay for the entire costs of the security apparatus for the series.

Two international security consultants, Reg Dickason and Nicholls Steyn and Associates have been engaged, with the US $1.1 million cost picked up by the ICC. That is a result of efforts by the PCB over the last year to seek some kind of assistance from the game's governing body from their projected loss of revenues from the absence of international cricket at home.



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