Akram blames PCB for losing World Cup rightsMay 26th, 2009 - 9:17 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are themselves to blame for losing the hosting rights for the 2011 cricket World Cup.
“I thought they could have handled the entire thing in a better way. They should not have allowed it to come to such a stage where International Cricket Council had to strip them of the co-hosting rights,” said Akram Tuesday.
“It is not that ICC suddenly decided to take away the hosting rights. PCB should have known before hand and they could have taken measures to alleviate the security fears of ICC. PCB could have bought some time from ICC and explain them about the circumstances. The situation in Pakistan is gradually improving,” said the former Test player who was here in a ESPN STAR Sports event.
The 2011 World Cup was scheduled to be jointly hosted by four sub-continent countries –India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Last month, ICC decided to remove Pakistan as a co-host after the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore earlier this year.
Top cricketing nations have refused to tour Pakistan citing security apprehensions.
PCB has been under fire for not doing enough to stop ICC from stripping them of the hosting rights.
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