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Pakistan to play semi-final in Mohali: ICC

AHMEDABAD, March 23: Pakistan will play their World Cup semi-final in India following their 10-wicket over the West Indies in the quarter-final in Dhaka on Wednesday, according to a top official of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

There had been suggestions that, were Pakistan to reach the last four, their semi-final would be switched to the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo because of security concerns.

However, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat, earlier on Wednesday, insisted that the schedule remains unchanged.

“I just want to confirm the venues for semi-finals,” he said. “Pakistan v West Indies [quarter-final] in Bangladesh and India v Australia here on Thursday, the winners will go on to meet in Mohali on March 30,” Lorgat stated.

“New Zealand v South Africa and Sri Lanka v England, the winners will play in Colombo on March 29. That will not change.”

Asked if the ICC had security concerns about Pakistan playing in India, Lorgat replied: “Why would there be concerns? We’ve got very, very robust and secure security processes in place.”

The South African added the ICC would do their best to “expedite visa issues” should Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals.