Pakistan willing to send Sialkot Stallions to India
KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is willing to send their top Twenty20 team to India to participate in the Champions League, despite a wave of terror attacks in Mumbai.
The tournament features eight sides from five countries and is scheduled to start in Mumbai on Dec 3 with at least six of the teams booked to stay at the luxurious Hotel Taj, a focal point of the gun and grenade attacks that started on Tuesday night.
Pakistan will be represented in the tournament by the Sialkot Stallions, led by national captain Shoaib Malik. "We have asked the Indian board to keep us up to date with the situation and the status of the Champions League, but we have told them we are willing to send the Sialkot team," PCB chief operating officer Saleem Altaf said.
"What has happened is a great tragedy but we strongly believe you can''t stop sporting activities because of these terrorist strikes," he added.
India''s scheduled tour of Pakistan in early 2009 is currently awaiting approval from the Indian government before the tourists can confirm their participation in a series put in doubt by security concerns.