PCB awaits approval from India, Pak governments to play in 2011 World Cup

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Lahore, Aug 4 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board is still awaiting assurances from New Delhi and a green signal from Islamabad for its participation in the 2011 World Cup in India.

Pakistan, which as part of the organizing committee of the World Cup, was stripped off as the host of 14 matches, but its status just as a host remained after attack on Sri Lanka team. Pakistan is also assured of getting 10.5 million dollars from the ICC plus the gate revenues.

The PCB carries every hope of green signal from the government to play matches in India has also sorted assurances from the BCCI and the ICC, which are still lying pending.

The PCB particularly apart for a green pasture for the team wanted easy visa access for Pakistani fans who wanted to see their team play in India.

However, all the three stakeholders, PCB, BCCI and the ICC, especially the latter two are waiting to see the relations between the two neighbouring governments get normal as quickly as possible to get things going.

"The BCCI has done everything to humiliate the PCB on the issue of shifting the 14 World Cup matches originally allotted to Pakistan. Now, the PCB has sought an assurance that the Indian Government would grant visas and ensure security for its players and fans," The Nation quoted sources, as saying.

"I don't foresee a situation where Pakistan's league matches are going to be scheduled only in Sri Lanka or Bangladesh. After all, what if the team makes the knockout stage?

"Will the World Cup then go ahead without Pakistan? Remember, besides the final, one semi-final and one quarter final have been given to India," the paper quoted an unnamed PCB official, as saying. (ANI)

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