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Old June 7, 2005, 12:56 PM
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Default Asian XI vs World XI - Houston - June 15, 17 and 19

Houston to stage three Asian XI-World XI games

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Cricket World International (CWI) who are organising a series of matches between the Asian XI and World XI in Houston, United States, next month, have asked the US Ambassador in Islamabad to get visas for the Pakistani players.

CWI coordinator and a well known Urdu commentator, Hasan Jalil, said from Houston on Saturday that the American Embassy had been very cooperative in the matter of issuing visas for the Pakistani players.

The CWI is hosting the three games in Houston on June 15, 17 and 19 with Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Yousuf Youhana, Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Sami and Rashid Latif signed on to play for the Asian XI.

"We have also taken out a visa for Razzaq as a back up for Youhana who is with his ailing father in Lahore," Jalil said.

The CWI has also got clearance from the Indian Board for Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan to play for the Asian XI.

"Obviously Tendulkar has been ruled out because of his recent elbow operation and it is a big setback for us. But we have managed to sign on Kumar Sangakkara as his replacement. He and Mahela Jayawardene will be coming from Sri Lanka," he added.

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Old June 7, 2005, 12:58 PM
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Imagine Afridi and Sehwag opening!

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Afridi will not play.
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Old June 7, 2005, 01:00 PM
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Afridi will not play.
Yes, Afridi is playing! Afridi Boom Boom!

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Younis, Afridi to play in Houston for Asian Eleven

By Waheed Khan

KARACHI: Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi have relented to play in the Asian Eleven and World Eleven matches in Houston, United States after the chief organizer personally went to Jamaica to convince them to change their mind.

Both the players had earlier decided against going to Houston from the West Indies due to a number of reasons.

The chief coordinator of Cricket World International (CWI) who are organizing the three match series between June 14 to 19 said he had gone to Jamaica and met with the Pakistan players.

"I personally met with Younis and Afridi and convinced them we would like to have them play for the Asian Eleven with other Pakistani players and they agreed," Hasan Jalil said on Monday from Houston.

More importantly the impression one got from speaking to him was that captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was keen to get over the Barbados incident involving Younis and Afridi and get things back to normal in the team.

The two players clashed during the first Test in Barbados with Inzamam reportedly also exchanging words with Younis. But according to Jalil, Inzamam himself had told him to go and talk to Younis and ask him to play in Houston.

"Inzamam told me I should speak to Younis," he said.

Younis apparently was put off after the Barbados incident and had been minding his own business within the team only keeping the regular company of Asim Kamal and Danish Kaneria.

But sources in the team also confirmed what Jalil had said that Inzamam had made efforts in the last few days to ease up Younis and get him to put the incident behind him.

"Inzamam was keen that Younis and Afridi should play in Houston and now we have the best Pakistani players coming to Houston for the matches," Jalil said.

Jalil said that now Inzamam, Younis, Afridi, Yousuf Youhana, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar would all be playing in Houston and will make up the Asian Eleven squad with Indians Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh and Sri Lankans Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara.

Inzamam and company are scheduled to fly to the US from Jamaica on 8 June and after attending a charity fund-raiser dinner by the ‘Zindagi" trust of singer Shahzad Roy will reach Houston.

Jalil said efforts were also on to get Brian Lara and some other West Indian players to play for the World Eleven.

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I know, its really dissapointing. We could've seen some great actions if afridi and shewag were to open.
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I know, its really dissapointing. We could've seen some great actions if afridi and shewag were to open.
I edited my previous article. Look up again ^^ .. They're playing!
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I guess we will have to wait and see. Last minute cancellations are also possible.
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I guess we will have to wait and see. Last minute cancellations are also possible.
They're all flying to Umreeka tomorrow.
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Old June 7, 2005, 01:09 PM
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for ticket info

http://www.cricketworldinternational.com/
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Old June 7, 2005, 04:09 PM
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I wish this was taking place in Toronto. There is a lot of peopleh here who would watch cricket.
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why houston? play in NY or toronto

It be nice to see it played in the skydome. The fast bowlers would love it and boundaries on the astro turf would be fantastic.
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Old June 8, 2005, 05:18 PM
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The sixes would hit the ceiling. Anyhow at least 50 000 people could watch and Toronto being one of the most multiculutral cities it will surely attract alot of people
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Texas though has alot of South asian people
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Houston is full of desis. And if u add Austin, San Antonio and Dallas then the place should be packed.
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What is the noble cause they are playing for? Is it to build a 100 storey building in Karachi or to fund ISI operations in India ?
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Old June 9, 2005, 08:56 AM
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Default Rescheduling the event ASIA XI vs. WORLD XI

Due to the un-availability of U S visas to some of the key players, CWI has been forced to reschedule this great event in the month of August 2005. Exact date will be announced soon. We feel sorry for inconvenience to our supporters and cricket fans. We are confident that their support and good wishes will remain with us during this period. CWI assures them of its endeavor to bring top class player to this event.

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