The organizer of 2 Twenty20 games between an international XI and a Pakistan All Stars team Wednesday insisted they’d go ahead despite the game’s governing body objecting to the name of the visiting side.
The 2 matches on Saturday and Sunday in Karachi are aimed at taking Pakistan a little further towards a resumption of home internationals, suspended since a harmful militant attack on the Sri Lankan squad bus in Lahore in March 2009. The ICC wrote to the PCB to say the touring team couldn’t use the “World XI” name.
“The ICC does not allow the names World or World XI for exhibition fits,” an ICC spokesperson told AFP from Dubai. Mohammad Ali Shah, sports minister for Sindh province, said the matches were supported by the PCB and were aimed to restore international cricket in Pakistan
Ex- Sri Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya will lead the World XI, which also includes ex- cricketers from South Africa and the West Indies.
The Pakistan All Stars will be led by present all-rounder Shahid Afridi and include Younis Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Wahab Riaz and Imran Nazir..