PCB has allowed national team to feature in back-to-back Twenty20 games against a visiting ‘World XI’ and permitted the organizers to hold the matches at the National Stadium here. But PCB has made it clear that apart from allowing the cricketers to play the fits and enabling the National Stadium to be utilized as a venue, it wouldn’t help the organizers in any other manner.
In fact, through a statement released on yesterday, PCB distanced itself from the ‘World XI’ tour to Pakistan worrying that the safety of the visiting cricketers would be the responsibility of the organizers. The 2 matches would pit the ‘World XI’ captained by ex- Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya against a Pakistan All Star XI that would be led by all-rounder Shahid Afridi.
The matches to be played on Oct 20 and 21 would be hosted by Dr Mohammad Ali Shah, Sindh’s Sports Minister. The games were supposed to be held a few months ago but were late after the PCB rejected to permit national cricketers to feature in them. However, the Board has decided against generating problems in the way of the ‘World XI’ visit on this occasion.
Pakistan XI: Shahid Afridi (captain), Younis Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Shahzaib Hasan, Khalid Latif, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Wahab Riaz, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Imran Nazir.