'India would welcome Pakistan for 2011 WC final'

Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 12:47 [IST]
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'India would welcome Pak for WC final'

Mumbai: Sharad Pawar, the chairman of the 2011 World Cup's organising committee, said that despite the ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India, Pakistan would surely be welcomed in India if they reach the final of the mega-event.

The finals of the 2011 world cup is scheduled to held in Mumbai, which is known to be Pawar's home turf.

With India alleging links between Pakistan and the Mumbai terrorist attacks, relations between the neighbors are at their lowest point.

India cancelled their scheduled tour to Pakistan in early 2009, while Pakistan prevented its players from taking part in the second season of the Indian Premier League.

However, Pawar was confident thate there would be no hurdles if Pakistan made it into the final of an event like the World Cup.

"There is no exception whether it is Pakistan or any other country," Pawar said after the 2011 World Cup fixtures were announced in Mumbai. "I am confident the sport-loving population of India will welcome anybody who reaches the the final."

Pakistan lost its share of World Cup mathes due to the poor security situation in the country.


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