Kolkata, March 26 (IANS) Pakistan’s cricket legend Imran Khan Saturday said the presence of the country’s president Asif Ali Zardari in Mohali during the cricket World Cup semi-final on March 30 will not put the 1992 champions under any pressure against co-hosts India.
“I don’t feel the presence of Zardari would have any effect on cricketers. They (players) know very well what it is playing in the World Cup and that too against India. They would not be thinking of his presence. They would be thinking only about the game,” said Imran on the sidelines of a promotional event here.
“They would be only thinking of how to win the match. And the presence of Zardari will neither ease the pressure nor add any pressure,” he said.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday had invited Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to watch the semi-final.
In a statement, Zardari welcomed the move, but noted that the final decision will be taken after the Pakistani prime minister returns from his official visit to Uzbekistan Sunday. India has offered 5,000 visas to Pakistani cricket fans.