Tuesday, June 8, 1999 Published at 07:02 GMT 08:02 UK
Cricket tensions high
Wasim Akram: "Hopefully the fans will take it in the right spirit"
With both sides currently involved in military skirmishes over Kashmir, organisers are fearful the already fierce rivalry will become even more intense.
The match began at 1045 BST with the crowd well behaved as India began their innings.
World Cup organisers' biggest fear is that the end-of-match pitch invasions could put the players in danger, a concern which has already been voiced by several captains during the tournament.
"I do ask all the fans to co-operate and not run onto the field. Let's make it a day to remember for the right reasons," Wasim said.
Wasim, who ended a 10-year association with Lancashire when he was released at the end of last season, is hopeful that Tuesday's match will pass off without incident and follow a similar pattern to the two most recent occasions when the countries met on the pitch.
"I have spoken to the Lancashire chairman Jack Simmons about security and he has assured me everything is in place so I'm not worried," Wasim said.
"In fact I don't think there will be any trouble because we've played India in recent tournaments without any problems."
"Our objective is for all fans to enjoy what potentially is a wonderful day's cricket between two fine sides and to ensure safety for all concerned."
Imran to mediate
"I have told Lancashire I am available to help them make a success of it," Imran said.
"We can't afford to let it go wrong."
Muhammad Junejo, Virmani's Pakistani counterpart, agreed, saying: "This has not got to be seen as a battle between two rivals.
"What is happening in Kashmir is not a war situation. It has been going on a long time between the two countries.
"Today we don't think of Kashmir, we think of the cricket."