ICC should clarify Lorgat’s World Cup statement: says PCB chief

February 19th, 2009 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Feb 19 (IANS) Ijaz Butt, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, will seek a clarification from the International Cricket Council (ICC) over its chief executive’s statement that suggested that the 2011 World Cup matches can be shifted out from the country.
Butt told IANS Thursday that the 2011 World Cup organisers will soon send a letter to the ICC in which they would ask the sport’s governing body to give an explanation over the comments made by ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat in New Delhi, Tuesday.

“We will definitely seek a clarification because reports quoting Mr. Lorgat have suggested that the ICC could consider moving World Cup matches from Pakistan,” he said. “I attended the World Cup organising meeting in New Delhi and can say for sure that no such issue was discussed in it,” he stressed.

Lorgat asked the 2011 World Cup organising committee to consider shifting venues if the political climate in Pakistan worsens. “It (alternate venues) is a consideration we have to give attention to,” Lorgat was quoted as saying after the New Delhi meeting.

While accusing that Lorgat seems to have a “habit of twisting statements on Pakistan”, Butt said that representatives of the four World Cup co-hosts - India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - only discussed the option of shifting venues within their countries.

“Pakistan and Sri Lanka floated the idea of shifting a couple of venues. We discussed the possibility of moving if the need arise,” he said.

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