PCB unhappy with BCCI's stand on 2011 WC hosting issue
The Pakistan Cricket Board is not happy with the stand taken by their Indian counterparts in the special meeting in London which was convened to resolve the deadlock over the hosting of the 2011 World Cup matches.cricket Updated: Jun 22, 2009 17:54 IST
The Pakistan Cricket Board is not happy with the stand taken by their Indian counterparts in the special meeting in London which was convened to resolve the deadlock over the hosting of the 2011 World Cup matches.
According to PCB sources, chairman Ejaz Butt was quite unhappy after BCCI president Shashank Manohar did not cooperate with Pakistan in its bid to retain the hosting rights of its share of 14 matches of the quadrennial event.
"Butt is unhappy the Indian cricket chief simply refused to cooperate with Pakistan's proposal of hosting its share of World Cup matches at neutral venues," one source told PTI.
"Initially when Butt met ICC President David Morgan and vice-President Sharad Pawar in London, the latter had assured him things would be resolved," the source added.
But at the joint meeting - attended by Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, besides ICC representatives - the BCCI adopted a strong stance and Pawar told Butt he could not do anything if the Indian board did not want the matches to be held at neutral venues.
Butt left the meeting in a huff after the other co-hosts refused to accept his proposal of allowing Pakistan to host its share of matches at neutral venues in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The sources said Butt also exchanged harsh words with the representative of the Bangladesh board, Mahboob Ali.
"They had an argument with Butt telling Ali Bangladesh also had security issues, so the World Cup matches should not be held there as well," the source said.
First Published: Jun 22, 2009 17:51 IST