PCB blames other 3 co-hosts for losing WC games

Updated: 26 June 2009 15:39 IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board blames the other three World Cup co-hosts for losing its 14 matches at the 2011 tournament.

Islamabad:

The Pakistan Cricket Board blames the other three World Cup co-hosts for losing its 14 matches at the 2011 tournament.

The International Cricket Council ruled Thursday that India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will share Pakistan's matches, denying the wishes of the PCB to move them to a neutral location such as the United Arab Emirates.

"No support from the Asian countries meant that Pakistan may not be able to physically host these games at venues of its choice," PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said Friday in a statement. "It is obviously disappointing.

"But all is not lost. We are still optimistic and will continue to pursue this matter in the interest of the PCB and Pakistan cricket."

Pakistan's hopes of hosting World Cup matches effectively ended when gunmen attacked Sri Lanka's team bus at Lahore on March 3, killing six policemen and a van driver.

Pakistan was stripped as a co-host at an ICC board meeting in April, but that decision was reversed after the PCB sent a legal notice to the governing body.

The ICC will give the PCB its hosting fee of $10.5 million and Pakistan will also remain a member of the Central Organizing Committee of the World Cup. However, Butt is still unhappy the tournament headquarters were moved from Lahore to Mumbai.

"There are two outstanding issues _ venues of 14 matches and the location of World Cup Secretariat," Butt said. "I still feel there is scope for PCB to work out a solution of these issues which is acceptable to everyone. We will continue to explore various options."

Pakistan will play two tests and two Twenty20 internationals against Australia in England next July because of security concerns.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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