18 Feb 2009

ICC considering alternate venues for 2011 World Cup

9:34 am on 18 February 2009

The International Cricket Council has asked the organisers of the 2011 World Cup to think about alternative venues because of fears over security.

It is scheduled to take place in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Growing political tension between India and Pakistan has resulted in moves to consider new venues within countries as well as moving games out of countries.

But the ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat says they are committed to staging the World Cup in Asia.

Security in Pakistan is a major concern for several countries following a wave of violent attacks in the country.

The Champions Trophy, originally slated for September last year, was postponed and subsequently moved away from the Asian country after South Africa pulled out and Australia, England and New Zealand showed a reluctance to travel.

Sri Lanka are currently touring Pakistan for a two-Test series.

Any possible alternative venue is expected to be announced at the next ICC executive board meeting in April in Dubai.