Pakistan kick off preparation for World Cup clash with India

New stars of the Cricket World Cup Groundstaff up and down the country are being put through their paces thanks to June rains

New stars of the Cricket World Cup Groundstaff up and down the country are being put through their paces thanks to June rains

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has taken a hilarious shot at the ongoing Cricket World Cup. It was fourth abandonment in this year's World Cup, more than the previous highest number of abandoned games in the competition - two matches - in 1992 and 2003.

"If it was necessary to appease the players they could have been allowed to have their wives and children at the start of the tournament, not at the business end of the World Cup".

"In the last couple of days we have experienced more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June which is usually the third driest month in the United Kingdom", he said.

And amidst all this, Kevin Pietersen has made a mockery of the tournament.

The ICC has said in a statement that it will be a logistical mayhem to keep reserve days for games in the group stage. Now only the World Cup semi-finals and final have a reserve day factored in.

Mani also confirmed that the Pakistan women's team will play matches of the ICC women championship in India this November and the team's participation will help them understand whether bilateral cricket ties between the two arch-rivals could be resumed anytime soon.

"It would impact pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days, accommodation and venue availability, tournament staffing, volunteer and match officials availability, broadcast logistics and very importantly the spectators who in some instances have travelled hours to be at the game".

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