Houston series deferred due to visa problems

Published: Sunday, June 12, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Cricket World International (CWI), the main organisers of the Asia XI Vs World XI matches in Houston, United States have decided to defer the series following the failure to obtain visas for the Pakistani cricketers.

The matches which were initially slated for June 16, 18 and 19 will now commence on June 30 and run up to July 3.

Hasan Jalil, the man behind Cricket World International (CWI) confirmed that the matches had been deferred and said,''They'll now hopefully be held from June 30 to July 3 during the long weekend in the States.''

''We are disappointed that because of this last-minute hitch in getting visas for the Pakistani players the matches have to be rescheduled. We'll now try to secure visas for the Pakistani players from Islamabad,'' Jalil informed.

Though the participation of Pakistani's Inzamam-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Yousuf Youhana and Sri Lankan's Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara is confirmed, there is still some uncertainty over the participation of some Indian players.

It is worth mentioning that though Jalil claimed that a number of Indian players have agreed to play, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Ranbir Singh Mahendra recently announced that the Board is yet to give clearance to its players to take part in the series.

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