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Sir Richie Richardson has arrived in Pakistan for World XI series

LAHORE: According to report, former West Indies (WI) skipper Sir Richie Richardson has arrived in Lahore on last Saturday morning for the upcoming Independence Cup as the International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed him a match referee for the World XI series. The upcoming Independence Cup will be played between Pakistan and the World XI.

Sir Richie Richardson, who has refereed in 11 Tests, 19 One Day Internationals (ODI) and 18 Twenty20s, has been a member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees later 2016 after ex-Sri Lanka batsman Roshan Mahanama resigned from his post after ten years on the job.

Richardson had played together with the legendary West Indies batting expert and associated Antiguan Viv Richards for close to 8 years. He had a good playing career from 1983 until 1996 when Australia edged the West Indies in an energetic World Cup semi-final at Mohali by 5 runs with skipper Richardson stranded high and dry on 49 in his 224th and last ODI appearance.

Sir Richie Richardson was known one of the best cricket player and batsmen of his time, also represented the West Indies in 224 ODIs and 86 Tests, although leading the region in 87 ODIs (winning 46 and losing 36) and 24 Tests (11 wins and six defeats).

In January 2011, Richardson was appointed as a team manager of the West Indies and assisted in that role until the end of the Test tour of Australia earlier this year.

Richie Richardson is appointment first time and the ICC is sending match officials to Pakistan since the 2009 attack on the cricket team of Sri Lankan.

The World XI and Pakistan are playing three T20s during the Independence Cup series in Gaddafi Stadium at Lahore on Sept 12, 13 and 15 starting from today.

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