World Cup a distant dream for Pakistan, says Akram

Published: Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 17:39 [IST]
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Pakistan can forget about 2011 World Cup

New Delhi: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has said that Pakistan's world cup dreams appears bleak after the attack on Sri Lankan team at Lahore.

"Hosting the 2011 World Cup alongside India is now a distant dream," he said.

"How do you expect a foreign teams to come to Pakistan now? We took pride in hosting our guests. This image has taken a beating. It's sad for Pakistan," Akram told Mobile ESPN over phone from Lahore.

The former skipper said the attacks were "unwarranted and have put Pakistan to shame".

"I have played with several of the Lankan cricketers and am stunned to hear that reserve umpire Ahsan Raza is fighting for his life in the hospital. Raza is a former first-class player and recently took to umpiring. I have played with him and this is unthinkable," Akram said.

"We should stand united under the circumstances and the world should understand that terrorism is now a universal concern. I can see a similar hand working in Mumbai and India must now know that Pakistan are equally at the receiving end," Akram said.

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