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Board satisfied with World Cup performance: Butt

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt on Friday expressed satisfaction at the performance of the national team in the World Cup as it reached the semifinals in spite of the preparations hit hard by scandals and controversies.

“In that context I am very satisfied with the way the team has performed in the World Cup to reach the semifinal. The players and management have shown lot of character to do so well when virtually everybody had written them off as title contenders,” Butt said.

He hoped that the performance of the team in the World Cup would eventually help Pakistan convince other boards to send their teams here for international matches.

Pakistan lost to arch-rivals India in the semifinals at Mohali. They had defeated Australia in the league stage and topped their group.

Butt said that Pakistan could have won the World Cup if the team had the opportunity of playing international matches at home.

“I think the fact that our team has not been able to play at home since 2009 has also effected our progress and preparations for the World Cup and also our performances. It makes a big difference when players get a chance to play regular international matches at home,” he said.

Butt noted that the Indo-Pakistan semifinal in Mohali had broken the ice and would eventually lead the way to resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India.