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BCCI behind shifting of WC matches from Pakistan: Abbas

Exasperated at ICC's decision to drop Pakistan as a co-host of the 2011 cricket World Cup, former captain Zaheer Abbas today alleged that Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) had a role in influencing the decision.

cricket Updated: Apr 17, 2009 23:03 IST

Exasperated at ICC's decision to drop Pakistan as a co-host of the 2011 cricket World Cup, former captain Zaheer Abbas on Friday alleged that Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) had a role in influencing the decision.

The former Pakistani batsman said the decision was aimed at isolating Pakistan cricket.

"I don't believe that with India being in such an influential position in world cricket, the ICC could have decided to shift the World Cup matches from Pakistan without its (India) support," Abbas said.

He said there was clear indication that India was behind a campaign to isolate Pakistan cricket after the Mumbai attacks in November last year.

"Look at the way things have gone since the Mumbai incident. First they cancelled their tour to Pakistan. Then they tried their best to stop Sri Lanka from accepting our invitation and then influenced the Bangladesh Board to cancel our tour to Bangladesh last month.

"They then did not allow our players into the Indian Premier League and now this shifting of matches," Abbas said.

He accused India for secretly working against the interests of Pakistan cricket.

"If India , Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had wanted I don't think the World Cup matches would have been shifted by the ICC," he said.