26 Apr 2009

ICC pledge support for cricket-deprived Pakistan

12:15 pm on 26 April 2009

Cricket's governing body has pledged support for cricket-deprived Pakistan after the troubled country was stripped of its share of 2011 World Cup matches because of security fears.

The promise came during a meeting in Dubai between Pakistan's sports minister Pir Aftab Shah Jilani and officials from the International Cricket Council.

Jilani said he had made clear the disappointment caused by the ICC's decision to strip Pakistan of its 14 World Cup matches over the uncertain security situation there.

India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will now host the mega event in two years' time, leaving Pakistan in further sporting wilderness.