18 Apr 2009

ICC moves World Cup matches out of Pakistan

7:20 am on 18 April 2009

The International Cricket Council has stripped Pakistan of hosting rights for the 2011 World Cup due to security concerns.

The decision came at an ICC executive board meeting in Dubai with the international body saying it had acted after noting the "uncertain political situation" in Pakistan.

The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board expressed regret, but Ijaz Butt admits nobody wants to play in Pakistan following the attacks in Lahore.

In March the Sri Lankan squad were attacked in the city. Eight Pakistanis were killed and seven Sri Lankan players and their assistant coach were wounded.

The tournament was to be held jointly by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as well as Pakistan, which was to have hosted 16 matches.