ICC board to discuss World Cup and ICL

April 15th, 2009 - 8:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, April 15 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) at its two-day board meeting Saturday will discuss the feasibility of holding the 2011 World Cup in the terror-hit subcontinent and the demand for official status by Indian Cricket League (ICL).
Top teams have expressed apprehension in playing in the subcontinent after the Mumbai attacks and the terrorist strike on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore. They will not settle for anything less than a fool-proof security if the World Cup has to be co-hosted by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

“The Board will discuss a report on the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team and its fall-out on the cricketing world,” ICC said.

ICC match referee Chris Broad, who was officiating in the Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, will be present to relate his experience of the incident.

Pakistan captain Younus Khan will also be present while Mahela Jaywardena, who was the Sri Lanka captain for the series, will be available via telephone conference.

“The Board will consider the implications of the incident in immediate and the longer run, including any potential impact on plans for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011,” ICC said.

“The ICC Board will also consider the ICL’s application for approval to stage unofficial cricket,” it said.

The ICC had referred the matter to the board for a solution after a tripartite meeting between BCCI, ICL and the ICC in February failed.

The ICC Board will receive a report on cricket in Zimbabwe from a task team headed by Julian Hunte, the president of the West Indies Cricket Board.

The task team was set up by the ICC Board in July 2008 to ascertain details in relation to the state of cricket within the country and to make recommendations on how best to assist Zimbabwe to improve its cricket so as to allow its return to the Test arena.

Besides Hunte, the task team included former Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chairman Arjuna Ranatunga and ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

The Board will also consider a replacement for Michael Holding, who resigned last year as the media representative on the ICC Cricket Committee.

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