Host nations don’t want 2011 World Cup matches in Pak : SLCC

June 24th, 2009 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Colombo, June 24 (ANI): While the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is persuading the International Cricket Council (ICC) to overturn its decision of not allowing any World Cup matches in Pakistan, the Sri Lankan Cricket Committee (SLCC) has said that the other three host nations also want that Pakistan should not get any World Cup games.

The SLCC chairman, Somachandra de Silva said that the other three host nations, India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh also agree with the ICC’s decision to not host any of the 2011 World Cup matches in Pakistan, as conditions there are not conducive for hosting international events.

De Silva said Pakistan’s proposal of hosting their share of matches at neutral venues is unacceptable.

“We also don’t agree to Pakistan’s proposal of them hosting their share of matches at neutral venues,” The Dawn quoted De Silva, as saying.

He asserted that the only host nations should have the right to decide the venues of the matches.

De Silva said Pakistan would be granted full hosting rights fees, despite them not hosting any game, and the other host countries would forego the hosting fees for Pakistan’s share of matches.

He also ruled out any possibility of shifting the World Cup from Asia to Australia and New Zealand as proposed by the PCB.

“The World Cup will not be shifted out of Asia at any cost,” De Silva said. (ANI)

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