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Pak Board keeps distance

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has distanced itself from the two T20 matches which are to be played between the World XI and Pakistan Stars XI, here, over the weekend.

The matches on Saturday and Sunday are being organised by Sindh sports minister, Dr Mohammed Ali Shah, with the help of a private sports management company, Extreme sports.

But while the PCB had said on Monday that it supports the matches, it made it clear that foolproof security, anti-corruption measures, marketing and broadcasting of the matches remained the responsibility of the organisers.

The PCB said in a statement that at a meeting of its executive co-ordination committee, it wished all success to Shah, and noted that the Board had also released players to participate in the matches.

International cricket has remains suspended in the country since March, 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, killing six Pakistani policemen and a van driver while injuring five of the visiting players.

Shah said that former Sri Lankan captain, Sanath Jayasuriya, West Indians Ricardo Powell, Steven Taylor, Jermaine Charles Lawson and Adam Sanford and South Africans Justin Kemp, Loots Bosman, Mthandeki Tschabalala, Andre Nel, Andre Johann, Seymore and Nantie Hayward and two Afghanistan players have confirmed their participation.

Former West Indian batsman Alvin Kallicharan will manage the World XI.

The Stars XI, to be led by Shahid Afridi, will also include former captains Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Mohammed Sami and Imran Nazir. (agencies)