Mumbai sans star presence disappoints Pakistan fans

The Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA), which is hosting the four-day Nissar Trophy match between Mumbai and Karachi Urban, has played down the absence of star presence in the visiting team.

KCCA secretary, Siraj-ul-Islam Bukhari said that he could understand the problems faced by the visiting team. "Obviously we would have liked to see some big names in their team to attract the crowds. But the main thing their team represents Mumbai and they are playing in Karachi which is a big thing."

The Mumbai team got a lukewarm reception on arrival with no player recognisable to Pakistani fans. Mumbai and Karachi play the four-day game from September 8 at the National stadium on basis of being the national champions in their countries.