Gilani to attend Indo-Pak WC clash: Sources

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: The Pakistani cricketers participating in the high-voltage India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final clash scheduled to be held in Mohali on March 30 will have to face the added pressure of playing in front of their Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Sources have confirmed to Zeenews that the Pakistan PM will indeed be visiting India to watch the historic match that will showcase one of the world`s most intense sporting rivalries.

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had yesterday invited both Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari to watch the semi-final to be played at Mohali on March 30.

Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar told reporters that Pakistan welcomed the invitation and would make a decision after Gilani returns to Islamabad.

Gilani was scheduled to return to Pakistan from Tashkent yesterday but his flight was cancelled because of bad weather over Himalayas. He arrived in the federal capital today. When Gilani was informed about his Indian counterpart`s invitation yesterday evening while visiting a university campus in Uzbekistan, he responded with a broad smile and said it was an "interesting gesture", media reports said.

The premier held discussions on the Indian invitation with senior officials of the Foreign Office and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, who were with him in Uzbekistan, the media reports said.