"I want to say sorry to my nation."
- SHAHID AFRIDI,Pakistan's team captain, after his team lost to India in the cricket World Cup semi-final; India will face Sri Lanka in the World Cup final this Saturday
"I am going there to show solidarity with our team, with their team and to promote cricket."
- Pakistani Prime Minister YOUSUF GILANI,on attending Wednesday's India-Pakistan Cricket World Cup semi-final. He accepted Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's invitation to watch the game with him
"It's probably a blessing in disguise that we're here to play this match - so many things will be gained ... It is a breakthrough for Pakistan and India for dialogue."
- SHOAIB AKHTAR,Pakistani cricket player, ahead of his team's World Cup semifinal match against India; the prime ministers of the two nuclear-armed nations, longtime rivals, plan to watch it together and hold talks
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