PCB unhappy over lack support from Asian counterparts

April 19th, 2009 - 4:34 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, Apr.19 (ANI): Following the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision of not hosting 2011 World Cup matches in Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is unhappy over the lack of support from other Asian cricketing bodies on the issue.

According to The Nation, the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt is upset at the lack of support from the three other Asian countries India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh when the discussions on the security situation in Pakistan were in the ICC meeting last week.

The PCB had proposed that the 2011 World Cup be held in Australia and New Zealand and in South Asia in 2015, but the other three co-hosts did not supported the idea.

PCB’s Director (Game Development) Aamir Sohail said the ICC’s decision to shift the matches from the country was pre-determined.

“We worked on several proposals and were willing to accept solutions but what can one do when someone has already made up his mind and a decision is pre-determined,” he said.

However, Sohail said it was very difficult to convince the ICC not to snatch the hosting rights from Pakistan.

Sohail said the recent attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore had made the PCB’s task tougher.

“When India is also not willing to tour Pakistan and we have had this incident with Sri Lanka the situation is very difficult for us to convince them not to shift the World Cup matches from Pakistan,” he added. (ANI)

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