Factbox: Pakistan's five main security concerns
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Factbox: Pakistan's five main security concerns

Here are five facts about security concerns over cricket in Pakistan.

cricket Updated: Apr 17, 2009 21:05 IST

Pakistan was stripped of hosting rights for the 2011 World Cup because of the 'uncertain security situation' in the country, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday.

Pakistan, who were due to co-host the event with India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, is unlikely to host any international cricket tournaments until at least 2011 due to security issues, the ICC further stated.

Here are five facts about security concerns over cricket in Pakistan.

* Last month six members of the Sri Lankan cricket team were wounded when around a dozen gunmen attacked their bus as it drove with a police escort to a stadium in the Pakistani city of Lahore. The second test was cancelled and the visitors returned home.

* Sri Lanka's cricket team were touring Pakistan after India pulled out in the wake of the Mumbai attacks in November in which about 170 people were killed. The team agreed to play three test matches and five one-day internationals.

* Until the Sri Lankan series Pakistan had not hosted test cricket for more than a year and was eager to have the international game return. Cricket is comfortably the most popular sport in Pakistan.

* Australia postponed a test tour in April 2008 and the ICC also put off the Champions Trophy after South Africa raised security concerns about playing in Pakistan. The Champions Trophy was subsequently moved to South Africa.

* In 2002, a bomb exploded in Karachi while the New Zealand cricket team were touring, killing 13 people including 11 French navy experts. The tourists, based at the Pearl Continental Hotel, were preparing to depart for the National Stadium for the start of a test match when a car exploded outside the nearby Karachi Sheraton. New Zealand called off the tour within hours of the attack.

(Compiled by Sanjay Rajan; Editing by Miles Evans. To query or comment on this story email)

First Published: Apr 17, 2009 21:01 IST