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’ICC must review its decision to shift 2011 WC games from Pak’

Pakistan Sports Minister Pir Aftab Shah Jillani has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to review its decision to shift the 2011 World Cup matches from the country due to security reasons.

cricket Updated: Apr 19, 2009 15:59 IST

Pakistan Sports Minister Pir Aftab Shah Jillani has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to review its decision to shift the 2011 World Cup matches from the country due to security reasons.

Describing the ICC’s decision as a big blow to Pakistan cricket, he said it was taken in utter haste as there was still two years left for the tournament.

Jillani said the government was even willing to use the military to provide security and protection for the World Cup matches in Pakistan. “That was an option available to us but I think the ICC has acted in haste and must reconsider its decision as this could have far ranging effects on Pakistan and its cricket set-up,” Jillani, a former first class player said .

Pakistan was scheduled to host 14 matches, including a semi-final, of the 2011 World Cup to be held in the sub-continent.
He also criticised the nation’s Cricket Board (PCB) for failing to convince the ICC and its member countries to keep the World Cup matches in Pakistan.’ICC must review its decision to shift 2011 WC games from Pak’
Karachi, Apr 19 (PTI)

Pakistan Sports Minister Pir Aftab Shah Jillani has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to review its decision to shift the 2011 World Cup matches from the country due to security reasons.

Describing the ICC’s decision as a big blow to Pakistan cricket, he said it was taken in utter haste as there was still two years left for the tournament.

Jillani said the government was even willing to use the military to provide security and protection for the World Cup matches in Pakistan. “That was an option available to us but I think the ICC has acted in haste and must reconsider its decision as this could have far ranging effects on Pakistan and its cricket set-up,” Jillani, a former first class player said .

Pakistan was scheduled to host 14 matches, including a semi-final, of the 2011 World Cup to be held in the sub-continent.

He also criticised the nation’s Cricket Board (PCB) for failing to convince the ICC and its member countries to keep the World Cup matches in Pakistan.