PCB delegation to attend 2011 World Cup meeting in Delhi

February 9th, 2009 - 7:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Feb 9 (IANS) A high-powered four-member delegation of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will attend an emergency meeting of the 2011 World Cup Central Organising Committee in Delhi Feb 19.

According to a PCB official, Board chairman Ijaz Butt will head the delegation that will also include PCB’s chief operating officer Saleem Altaf and Salman Butt, the new Managing Director of the World Cup secretariat in Lahore.

The PCB officials will be going to Delhi on an invitation sent by International Cricket Council (ICC) vice president Sharad Pawar, who also heads the World Cup organising committee.

Top officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will attend the meeting.

The four South Asian neighbours are scheduled to host the 2011 World Cup. However, the fate of the quadrennial spectacle is in jeopardy because of the prevailing tensions between Pakistan and India over last November’s terror attacks in Mumbai and also because of security apprehensions among several leading cricketing nations about travelling to this region.

According to the official, representatives of the four boards are expected to devise a plan that would ensure that the 2011 World Cup stays in South Asia.

The ICC has kept Australia and New Zealand as standby venues for the 2011 World Cup.

So far, the South Asian hosts of the World Cup are yet to begin preparations for the successful hosting of the tournament. However, it is expected that preparations will begin at full throttle following the Feb 19 meeting in the Indian capital.

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