Sindh Sports Minister adamant about hosting World XI match despite PCB’s refusal

Karachi, May 10: Sindh Sports Minister Mohammad Ali Shah has vowed to host the ‘World XI’ side as planned, despite the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) refusal to sanction the national team or be part of the proceedings.

Shah sought the PCB’s support in making national players available for the two matches on May 25 and 26 and, reports The Express Tribune.

According to officials, Shah has succeeded in roping in players from South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan for the matches.

Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya and former South African fast-bowler Andre Nel are said to have confirmed their participation for the matches.

However, the PCB has asked Shah to postpone the matches, citing lack of involvement from their end and the team’s preparation for the tour of Sri Lanka as the major reasons.

“Hosting an international team is a meticulous job,” the PCB said. “It requires huge amount of planning and groundwork on security and other aspects of the visit to organise it in a befitting manner. In this case, we have not been involved from the outset,” it added.

The PCB further added, “Moreover, the national team is busy in preparation for the Sri Lanka tour. Keeping in view the prevailing circumstances, the PCB has suggested postponing the matches until a mutually agreed date in the future.”

However, Shah, also a seasoned organiser, said he would host the matches despite the PCB’s refusal.

“A lot of things have already been finalised with regards to the matches and we cannot postpone them now,” the paper quoted Shah, as saying.

“I will request the PCB to support us as it’s a matter of national prestige. The postponement will not only have a negative impact but it will also annoy the players who we have confirmed their participation,” he added. (ANI)