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New Zealand PM to miss World Cup semi-final

[AFP, Monday, 28 March 2011 08:11 No Comment]

3-28-2011_79804_l New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was "delighted" with an invitation to witness his country play Sri Lanka in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final, but logistics will keep him away.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse, who invited Key on Sunday, said the New Zealand premier was keen to visit, but he had just returned to the capital and there was no possibility that he could make Sri Lanka by Tuesday.

"He has said that he was delighted with the invitation, but he is unable to make it in time due to logistical problems," the president told foreign correspondents at his residence Monday.

The 1996 champions will tackle New Zealand on Tuesday for a place in the final. The Black Caps had knocked South Africa out of the World Cup by defeating them by 49 runs on Friday.

Sri Lanka will meet New Zealand for a second time in the current World Cup after their 112 run victory over the Black Caps in their Group A match in Mumbai on March 18.

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