Bangalore, Oct 17: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made it clear that they would not be responsible for the security of visiting World XI players as they are set to play two Twenty20 games against a Pakistan XI on October 20 and 21 at the National Stadium in Karachi.
On Tuesday, it was confirmed that a World XI team, captained by former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya will tour Pakistan for two matches. However, PCB, while granting permission to its players to feature in those games, has left it to the organisers to take care of security.
The matches are organised by Dr. Mohammad Ali Shah, Sports Minister, Sindh. Pakistan XI will be led by Shahid Afridi.
"At the meeting of PCB Executive Coordination Committee (ECC) held on October 15, 2012 the members discussed the upcoming matches organised by Dr. Mohammad Ali Shah, Sports Minister Sindh, between World XI and Pakistan All Stars XI," said a PCB statement on Tuesday which was published in Pakistan media.
"ECC while wishing success to Dr. Mohammad Ali Shah noted that Pakistan Cricket Board has released its players to participate in the matches and has also permitted the use of National Stadium Karachi for these matches.
"But all other obligations including security, anti-corruption, marketing and broadcasting etc. are direct responsibility of the organiser and were to be managed by him. The ECC acknowledged this good initiative taken by Dr. Shah and hoped that the matches will be a great success. The ECC expected that for the event foolproof security would be arranged by Dr. Shah and his team," the statement added.
Shah was quoted as saying in a Pakistan newspaper that tight security will be in place with 5,000 police personnel.
"Around 5,000 policemen will be employed to avoid any lapse and we are sure that these arrangements will made the players at ease," said Shah.
International teams have refused to tour Pakistan due to security concerns after Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by terrorists in 2008.
World XI: Sanath Jayasuriya (captain), Ricardo Powell, Steven Taylor, Jermaine Lawson, Adam Sanford (West Indies), Justin Kemp, Loots Bosman, Andre Nel, Andre Seymore, Nantie Hayward (South Africa), Shapoor Zadran and Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan). Officials: Alvin Kallicharran (coach/manager)
Pakistan XI: Shahid Afridi (captain), Younis Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Shahzaib Hasan, Khalid Latif, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Wahab Riaz, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Imran Nazir.