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Old 04-18-2009, 03:12 PM
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Default ICC moves cricket World Cup out of Pakistan

The terror attacks have cost Pakistan the chance to co-host the Cricket World Cup in 2011. This means the event will now be hosted in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

At its meeting in Dubai, the International Cricket Council (ICC) board resolved that given the current uncertainty surrounding the security situation within Pakistan, the country should not host matches.

The tournament secretariat will move from Pakistan to a location to be determined by the tournament’s Central Organising Committee.

Explaining the decision to shift matches away from Pakistan, ICC president David Morgan said, “It is extremely regrettable that the Board has had to take this decision given the passion the people of Pakistan have for the game of cricket and for the ICC Cricket World Cup.

"However, our number one priority was and is to deliver a safe, secure and successful event and the uncertainty created by events within Pakistan has raised a huge question mark over our ability to do just that.

“By taking this decision now, we hope that we can put a great deal of any uncertainty to one side and press on with our preparations which, given this is cricket’s biggest and most high-profile event within our range of tournaments, are substantial.”

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