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Pakistan delegation is happy

Calcutta: Two Pakistan cricketing legends will be present at Eden Gardens during the second one-dayer of the three-match series, on January 3.

Former captains Zaheer Abbas, Asif Iqbal, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan and Majid Khan are expected to visit India during the series and any two of them will be here.

The announcement was made by the four-member delegation from Pakistan — comprising Usman Walla (cricket operations), PCB security officers Ehsan Sadiq and Sohail Khan along with media manager Nadeem Sarwar — that visited the Eden on Sunday.

“All that can be said at the moment is that two former players will definitely be present at all the venues as ‘goodwill ambassadors’,” Sarwar said.

“There is no confirmation on Imran and Majid’s presence. While Majid is unwell, Imran is busy with his political commitments for his party Tehreek-e-Insaaf.

“So, my hunch is that Imran might find it difficult to be here.”

Doubts also remain over former captain Asif’s presence. “His name is not in the list of players who are likely to be present.

“Precisely, those who made their debut in the 60s and 70s are the ones who are more or less confirmed of a visit,” Sarwar clarified.

According to the PCB media manager, Miandad’s arrival could be a possibility “since he’s the director general” of the PCB.

Meanwhile, the delegation gave the green light to Eden after having inspected the arrangements and facilities here.

“We’re very happy with the arrangements. We spoke to the police commissioner in the morning and he has assured me of smooth conduct.

“It’s a peaceful place. I don’t think there will be any trouble here,” Sarwar said.