John Key to miss World Cup semi-final

Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 14:19 PM IST

Colombo: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has declined an invitation to witness his country play Sri Lanka in the first semi-final of the ongoing cricket World Cup citing logistic problems.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had extended an invitation to Key yesterday to witness the two teams battle it out for a place in the finals, said the PM was eager to visit, but there was very limited scope of him being able to make it to the venue on a short notice as he had just returned to the capital.

"He has said that he was delighted with the invitation, but he is unable to make it in time due to logistical problems," the president apprised the media.

Sri Lanka will take on Kiwis looking to make it to the second successive World Cup final after the islanders failed to lift the trophy during the previous edition against Australia.

The Black Caps on other hand are charged up after their win over title favourites South Africa and will look to make the Cup finals after being a part of the semis for five times.

Sri Lanka will take heart from their previous show against New Zealand when the islanders romped home with a 112 run victory during their Group A match in Mumbai on March 18.

The winner of tomorrow`s semi-final will meet the winners of Wednesday`s clash between arch rivals India and Pakistan.

PTI