PCB top brass to visit Delhi to discuss 2011 WC preparation
The Chairman and COO of the PCB will attend a emergency meeting of the 2011 World Cup Central Organising Committee in New Delhi on February 19 to discuss some crucial issues related to the ICC events.cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2009 12:31 IST
The Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board will attend a emergency meeting of the 2011 World Cup Central Organising Committee in New Delhi on February 19 to discuss some crucial issues related to the ICC events.
PCB CEO Saleem Altaf confirmed a four-member delegation of the cricket board, including the new Managing Director of the World Cup secretariat in Lahore, would be going to Delhi for the meeting on the invitation of ICC Vice President Sharad Pawar who heads the organising committee.
He said matters related to the World Cup would be discussed at the meeting but sources in the board said this year's Champions Trophy would also come under discussion.
The ICC recently relocated the Champions Trophy from Pakistan due to some teams expressing reservations over playing in Pakistan because of security reasons.
The ICC is due to decide on a new venue for the tournament in April.
"Apparently India is keen that the eight-nation tournament remain in Asia and that is why this emergent meeting has been called from the World Cup platform," one source told.
Although the ICC has kept Sri Lanka as a standbye venue for the tournament, but some teams have already also raised concerns about the security situation in the pearl islands and there is a feeling some of the boards might want the event to be held in South Africa in September-October.
"The four host countries of the 2011 World Cup, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are likely to reach a consensus that the Champions Trophy should remain in Asia," the source said.
He said India and Pakistan were also concerned that the existing tense relations between the two countries should not hamper preparations for the 2011 World Cup.
"The worry is that if preparations are not held on schedule the ICC and other countries might be forced to consider moving the tournament out of Asia," one source said.
"The meeting is likely to come up with a strategy to tackle this situation," the source stated.
The ICC has already warned the four boards that they are already one year behind preparations and need to speed up things.
Sources said Indian and Pakistani cricket officials are also likely to have useful discussions on bilateral cricket relations on the sidelines of the World Cup meeting.