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Pakistan exhibition T20s on despite name row

Published Oct 18, 2012 09:00am


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KARACHI: The organiser of two Twenty20 matches between an international XI and a Pakistan All Stars side Wednesday insisted they would go ahead despite the game's governing body objecting to the name of the touring team.

The two matches on Saturday and Sunday in Karachi are aimed at taking Pakistan a little further towards a resumption of home internationals, suspended since a deadly militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) wrote to the PCB to say the visiting team could not use the “World XI” name.

“The ICC doesn't permit the names World or World XI for exhibition matches,” an ICC spokesman told AFP from Dubai.

Mohammad Ali Shah, sports minister for Sindh province, said the matches were backed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and were aimed to restore international cricket in the country.

Responding to the ICC's concerns, Shah said the matches would go ahead.

“There is nothing controversial in it,” Shah told AFP.

“It will be an International World XI which is arriving early Thursday and the matches will go ahead as per schedule.”

Former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya will lead the World XI, which also includes former players from South Africa and the West Indies.

The Pakistan All Stars will be led by current 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.


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Comments (5) Closed

Khurram Oct 18, 2012 05:26pm
It should be called "Local World XI".
Faisal Oct 19, 2012 02:00am
Naam mein kya rakha hai...whats in the name. Good news is that International players are coming to Pakistan to play and most importantly Sanath Jayasuria is going to play in Pakistan. Some cracks in the ice for sure...
MMS Oct 18, 2012 11:05pm
How silly can one get. International means the world as we know it. International is another name for world. What the above means is "World World XI" in one way and, "International international XI" change the name to either "International XI" or "World XI", where did you go to school?
Arslan Oct 18, 2012 10:53am
This new name makes no sense.
Muslim Oct 19, 2012 04:26am
this is kinda positive new and dawn has not publish a single comment .....pls dont tell me there is no response from people ......if it was negtive new you would have seen lots of indian names here ...real or not