No concerns over Pakistan’s

KARACHI: Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, is confident that Pakistan will not face any problems playing their 2011 World Cup matches in India even if they reach the final which has been penciled in for Mumbai — a city controlled by Hindu fundamentalist Shiv Sena party.

“I’m not concerned now because at the central organizing committee level we’ve been very clear in our minds that should Pakistan reach any of the venues they will play at those venues. That includes Mumbai so if they get to the final, they would be very welcome to playing at Wankhede Stadium,” Lorgat told Cricinfo.

Lorgat said that the cricket world has a lot of sympathy for Pakistan following the country’s isolation because of security fears.

“There is a lot of sympathy, a lot of understanding, a lot of acknowledgement that we need to do something to make sure that we support Pakistan during this difficult phase brought on because of environmental factors and nothing to do with cricket. It is very unfortunate but untrue. It is very difficult for me as the ICC to try and portray anything different other than to say that it is not true.

“We have put a task team together, we’ve done everything possible, we’ve supported Pakistan through decisions we’ve made. In fact the task team has gone as far as to try and assist in accommodating international fixtures. One thing is very clear in my mind and I think of my own upbringing with South Africa, where there was real isolation and it’s absolutely the inverse here.”

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