"India supported our bid but the venues will be decided later".
"In 1999 we had such a big team with so many big names that if we had pressurized the board to give permission to have our wives and children stay with us in team hotel they would have done so. If not, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the second option", Mani told the media in Lahore. 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.
Pakistan will play in Manchester, and the men in green will be looking to snap their winless streak against their arch-rivals as India have triumphed in their six World Cup meetings to date.
Mani further said that the cricket board is trying to persuade the foreign teams to visit Pakistan and in this regard he is utilising his experience of heading the International Cricket Council (ICC) and his personal relations with different cricket boards.
"But we didn't because the World Cup is high-pressure event and players need to just be focussed on cricket and reaching the final". Both India and England have a flawless balance in their teams, and are strong as well, exhibiting good performances in all the matches they have played so far.
They are not an Indian broadcaster, they are the broadcaster of the ICC. "Hopefully, since the elections are now over in India and the government has been formed the political climate will change and allow the resumption of ties", he added.