India and Pakistan takes on Rest of the World

Published: Wednesday, August 4, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Indian and Pakistan cricketers, including batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Sourav Ganguly and Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, are likely to play for the same team against a Rest of the World Eleven in four One-day ties to be played in Mumbai, Kolkata, England and Lahore later this year or early next year.

"Though the players including Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting and wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, who will turn out for the Rest of the World, have agreed to play, we are still to get permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and respective cricket Boards," the founder of the company managing the event Sanjay Jha said in Mumbai on Wednesday.

"We are confident that the respective Boards will give the green signal as we want to have the matches either in September this year after the Champions Trophy or January next when the players will be free from their commitments to their respective countries," Jha added.

Incidently, the Indian team will be busy right till September 25 once they leave for the August 21 to 28 tri-series in Holland.

"The matches will be jointly organised by the Nine Yards Sports and Entertainment and the Citizens Council for the Better Tomorrow (CCBT) and would be called the Sadbhavan Cricket Series," Jha said.

"The matches are likely to be held at Old Trafford (Manchester), Gadaffi Cricket Stadium (Lahore), Eden Gardens (Kolkata) and Brabourne Stadium (Mumbai)," he added.

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