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Pak still plans to co-host 2011 World Cup


Posted: Apr 17, 2009 at 1623 hrs IST

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board wants India and two other co-hosts of the 2011 World Cup to support their bid to stop relocation of the matches from the strife-torn country, media reports said in Karachi on Friday.

"The four Asian countries are together in this and till we stick together the International Cricket Council Executive Board can't muster the required 7-3 majority to pass a resolution or decision approving the relocation of World Cup matches from Pakistan," a PCB official was quoted as saying in 'The Express'.

"But certainly we don't see any chance of all the World Cup matches being shifted from Pakistan. And don't forget there is still nearly two years for the World Cup and by then the security situation in Pakistan and the region could have improved a lot," he added.

Doubts have emerged over the prospects of Pakistan hosting the World Cup matches after the terror attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore last month following which the ICC also indicated it would be difficult to convince teams to play in the country.

The report said that like in the case of the Champions Trophy, which was relocated from Pakistan after promising them the hosting right fees, a similar ploy would be applied for the World Cup matches as well, if required.

"The ICC and other member countries are desperate to finalise things and venues for World Cup as its preparations are already way behind schedule. And the ICC has to ensure that all logistical venues are finalised fifteen months before the World Cup," PCB sources said.

Although the World Cup central secretariat is in Lahore and the ICC recently approved appointment of a Pakistani Managing Director there but it is not yet fully operational due to the prevailing uncertainty.

Pakistan is due to host 14 matches and the semi-final of the World Cup, which will also to be co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

"And we also have no intention of surrendering our share of the World Cup matches. In fact we have been assured support in this regard by the other host countries as well including India," said one official who declined to be named.

PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt, during the ICC meeting in Dubai, would try to convince other member countries about foolproof security plan for the visiting teams.

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