Sydney:Even though Australia and New Zealand have been put on standby, International Cricket Council (ICC) President David Morgan on Friday expressed confidence that the 2011 World Cup would take place in the Indian sub-continent as per schedule.
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are joint hosts of the 2011 event but cricket was badly hit in the region, especially in Pakistan, due to the prevailing security situations.
Morgan said though Australia and New Zealand have been named alternative venues, he was confident that the sub-continent would successfully host the event. "We are confident the sub-continent will be able to stage next World Cup," Morgan said.
"One would have to be absolutely firm 12 months before the start of the event," the ICC chief added.
Due to the reluctance of other teams to tour the country, Pakistan didn't play a single Test match in 2008 and even the Champions Trophy scheduled in the strife-torn country had to be postponed after a few countries refused to tour.
Terror raised its ugly head in India as well and after the attacks in Mumbai it took lot of persuasion from the BCCI before England was convinced to return for a two-match Test series.
The terror strikes, however, prompted cricket administrations to postpone the inaugural edition of the Champions League.
Morgan also expressed hopes that Australia would grant visa to Zimbabwe Cricket Union chairman Peter Chingoka to attend an ICC meeting later this month in Perth.
"We are hopeful that Peter Chingoka, the chairman of ZCU, will be given a visa to attend the meetings in Perth," Morgan said. Perceived as an ally of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, Chingoka has been barred from visiting the country by the Australian federal government.
"We're making strenuous efforts to try to ensure a visa will be made available for this specific purpose," Morgan added.