2011 World Cup April 17, 2009

World Cup matches moved out of Pakistan

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Pakistan has been stripped of hosting rights for the 2011 World Cup because of the "uncertain security situation" in the country, the ICC said.

"It is a regrettable decision (but) our number one priority is to create certainty and...deliver a safe, secure and successful event," ICC president David Morgan said in a statement.

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  • Zaheer Abbas: "It's time that Pakistan cricket breaks its silence over what's been happening against it in recent times. The ICC took away the Champions Trophy and now it has deprived us of the World Cup. What else should happen before we break our silence? I would ask the PCB to make it clear to the ICC that we will boycott the World Cup if it is held in Asia. If Pakistan is unsafe for the event then there is no justification to have the World Cup in other parts of the subcontinent which are also within the range of terrorists. It's a great loss for Pakistan cricket and for that I would blame the ICC and India which has pulled out its support when we needed it the most."
  • Saleem Altaf: "I don't know what has transpired at the ICC meeting in Dubai for this decision to be taken. But it is disappointing as we were keen to host the World Cup matches and were working hard on a security plan to convince the ICC and other countries."
  • Javed Miandad: "Pakistan cricket is going through bad times and unfortunately the support and understanding we expect from the ICC and other countries is not forthcoming. There was still time left for the tournament and the board was willing to do everything to keep the World Cup matches and host them safely."
  • Ramiz Raja: "The World Cup is a global event and I don't think the Pakistani people will like this ICC decision. How do you expect the sport to survive in Pakistan when the ICC is isolating Pakistan as a cricketing nation. This decision will hurt Pakistan cricket no doubt about that. It is a big setback for us."
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"However, our number one priority was and is to deliver a safe, secure and successful event and the uncertainty created by events within Pakistan created a huge question mark over our ability to do just that."

The ICC added that Pakistan was unlikely to resume hosting any cricket at all until 2011. It also said the World Cup secretariat would be moved out of Pakistan to a location to be decided by the organising committee. India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the other co-hosts, will now share the 16 matches that were to be held in Pakistan.

Ijaz Butt, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, expressed regret. "It's a disappointing decision but it can't be helped. Nobody wants to play in Pakistan following the attacks in Lahore," Butt said. He was referring to the attack on Sri Lanka's touring cricketers in Lahore on March 3, in which eight Pakistanis were killed and seven Sri Lankan players injured.

Pakistan were due to co-host the event with India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka but the deteriorating security situation has posed a serious problem for the PCB. The news came during the first day of the ICC board meeting in Dubai.

Pakistan's status as a host of international matches has been uncertain for some time - the Champions Trophy was shifted out last year and, in January, India became the latest country to cancel a tour when they pulled out of a bilateral series. However, the Lahore attack seemed to have sealed their fate on hosting the World Cup.

The attack itself also came up for discussion at the meeting, with match referee Chris Broad, who was on duty for the Test, and Sri Lanka's Mahela Jaywardane (via telephone) giving their version of what happened.

It was decided that Lord Condon, chairman of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, would lead a task team - including ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat and directors Jack Clarke and Shashank Manohar - would conduct a review of security arrangements for all international cricket.

The review, Lorgat said, would include an assessment of whether current security protocols employed by ICC Members were adequate and, if not, how they could be improved. It would also, if necessary, approach other sports to see if there was scope for information-sharing in the way security is conducted across major events around the world.

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  • hafeezpakistan on April 19, 2009, 4:48 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, I think the world cup should not held in Pakistan because of deteorating security situation. I don't wanna see another liberty attack. I think world cup should not held in subcontinet at all.Possible in future but at least not now.

  • Desiguy007 on April 18, 2009, 19:40 GMT

    As a Pakistani living in the US and a cricket fan, I am in a state of total shock and disbelief--not at the decision made by the ICC, but at the reactions of former Pakistani cricketers and the PCB. Exactly what kind of massacre needs to occur before they realize that Pakistan is just not a safe place to host events at this point in time. If the PCB cannot provide competent security to one visiting team, they certainly will not be able to successfully negotiate the security of a dozen teams. And lets not forget about the hundreds of thousands of cricket fans as well. Pakistan could have cleared all these fears and doubts with the recent tour of Sri Lanka. They failed. I understand that no country is 100% safe, but any country where a dozen terrorists sporting machine guns and rocket launchers can breach through "President Style Security", manage to kill innocent civilians, injure foreign sportmen, and to make matters worse, successfully escape without even a scar, is Just. Not. Safe.

  • hash09 on April 18, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    Its hard to believe this coming from the ICC....i strongly believe that this is the time when cricket could have played a bigger part than a fun-for-sake game!! Eight dead against seven injured in Lahore attacks is no less than a sufficient indication that Pakistan is a peace loving nation and is willing to sacrifice the most to achieve their objective....I appeal to cricket fans around the globe to transform this game into a sporting event in history....we hav cited this before that ppl hav achieved a lot more than fun from many sports around the globe! Can cricket be one out of those sports??

  • looskanon on April 18, 2009, 16:48 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, living in the States and keeping current with the events in Pakistan, I can understand ICC's decision. The law and order/security situation in Pakistan is unfortunate and its good and law abiding citizens are left to face the consequences. We need to get our house in order first and stand up against the terrorists and the extremists before pointing fingers at others. Having said that, the "high and mighty" and "I told you so" attitude expressed by my Indian friends is getting a bit annoying. To those offering supportive comments and keeping it "real"; Thank You!

  • Zain-ul-Abideen on April 18, 2009, 14:07 GMT

    Harsh decision. In my opinion, if Pakistan can't host the world cup so the rest of sub-continent also can't. Fact of the matter is the BCCI is controlling ICC and BCCI has NEVER supported PCB when it needed the most like now....it also means no international cricket in Pakistan till atleast the world cup....very sad day for Pakistan cricket

  • Rix_lucky on April 18, 2009, 12:49 GMT

    I strongly condemned the ICC decision of eliminating the Pakistan from hosting the World Cup festival. Don't they guys remember what England had faced in India and they took step and comes back to INDIA (may be that's the reason in auction there two players were awarded with such a high contracts other wise we have far more better players then them) They have to took a simple decision by transferring the World Cup from Asia to some where else and organize the 2015 World Cup in Asia. World Cup in India will really spoil the things for Pakistan's Nation

  • vswami on April 18, 2009, 9:24 GMT

    For the past year or so, its been a blame it on India season in full swing. Websites, newspapers, writers have imagined all sorts of conspiracies devised by BCCI and India driven by ignorance. And the reactions of some of the retired Pakistani players are ludicrous. I would imagine that someone like Zaheer Abbas, who has played cricket around the world and visited India a few times, would have been cured of the India fixation of the average Pakistani that one sees from time to time. Does he seriously expect BCCI to take responsibility for persuading England, Australia, S.Africa and others to visit Pakistan ? Or is he suggesting that they were willing to play in Pakistan but BCCI scuppered it ? C'mon, grow up, guys !

  • Asif_Iqbal on April 18, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    Wrong decision because security situation is the same in all four countries excluding only Pakistan is not Wright I think the whole tournament should be sift to Aus & NZL.

  • nishadvadakkedath on April 18, 2009, 8:46 GMT

    it is very sad to see terrorists attack cricketers....politics should be different from sports.

  • SATTY77 on April 18, 2009, 7:27 GMT

    Its the perfect decision in my opinion. Now playing cricket is not important. Playing safe is important and the world cup should go on. And I dont understand why people like Zaheer Abbas blame INDIA for the cause. INDIA cancelled the trip for players safety/security and not for any other personal/political reasons. But Sri Lanka went to play there and paid for it. Luckily no fatal incident for the players. Such an incident has not happened ever in Cricket history. Is that not a reason enough to cancel the tournemant in Pakistan? I would request respectable person/cricketer like Zaheer Abbas not to add fuel to the flame and cause a new set of problems to the existing political tensions.

  • hafeezpakistan on April 19, 2009, 4:48 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, I think the world cup should not held in Pakistan because of deteorating security situation. I don't wanna see another liberty attack. I think world cup should not held in subcontinet at all.Possible in future but at least not now.

  • Desiguy007 on April 18, 2009, 19:40 GMT

    As a Pakistani living in the US and a cricket fan, I am in a state of total shock and disbelief--not at the decision made by the ICC, but at the reactions of former Pakistani cricketers and the PCB. Exactly what kind of massacre needs to occur before they realize that Pakistan is just not a safe place to host events at this point in time. If the PCB cannot provide competent security to one visiting team, they certainly will not be able to successfully negotiate the security of a dozen teams. And lets not forget about the hundreds of thousands of cricket fans as well. Pakistan could have cleared all these fears and doubts with the recent tour of Sri Lanka. They failed. I understand that no country is 100% safe, but any country where a dozen terrorists sporting machine guns and rocket launchers can breach through "President Style Security", manage to kill innocent civilians, injure foreign sportmen, and to make matters worse, successfully escape without even a scar, is Just. Not. Safe.

  • hash09 on April 18, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    Its hard to believe this coming from the ICC....i strongly believe that this is the time when cricket could have played a bigger part than a fun-for-sake game!! Eight dead against seven injured in Lahore attacks is no less than a sufficient indication that Pakistan is a peace loving nation and is willing to sacrifice the most to achieve their objective....I appeal to cricket fans around the globe to transform this game into a sporting event in history....we hav cited this before that ppl hav achieved a lot more than fun from many sports around the globe! Can cricket be one out of those sports??

  • looskanon on April 18, 2009, 16:48 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, living in the States and keeping current with the events in Pakistan, I can understand ICC's decision. The law and order/security situation in Pakistan is unfortunate and its good and law abiding citizens are left to face the consequences. We need to get our house in order first and stand up against the terrorists and the extremists before pointing fingers at others. Having said that, the "high and mighty" and "I told you so" attitude expressed by my Indian friends is getting a bit annoying. To those offering supportive comments and keeping it "real"; Thank You!

  • Zain-ul-Abideen on April 18, 2009, 14:07 GMT

    Harsh decision. In my opinion, if Pakistan can't host the world cup so the rest of sub-continent also can't. Fact of the matter is the BCCI is controlling ICC and BCCI has NEVER supported PCB when it needed the most like now....it also means no international cricket in Pakistan till atleast the world cup....very sad day for Pakistan cricket

  • Rix_lucky on April 18, 2009, 12:49 GMT

    I strongly condemned the ICC decision of eliminating the Pakistan from hosting the World Cup festival. Don't they guys remember what England had faced in India and they took step and comes back to INDIA (may be that's the reason in auction there two players were awarded with such a high contracts other wise we have far more better players then them) They have to took a simple decision by transferring the World Cup from Asia to some where else and organize the 2015 World Cup in Asia. World Cup in India will really spoil the things for Pakistan's Nation

  • vswami on April 18, 2009, 9:24 GMT

    For the past year or so, its been a blame it on India season in full swing. Websites, newspapers, writers have imagined all sorts of conspiracies devised by BCCI and India driven by ignorance. And the reactions of some of the retired Pakistani players are ludicrous. I would imagine that someone like Zaheer Abbas, who has played cricket around the world and visited India a few times, would have been cured of the India fixation of the average Pakistani that one sees from time to time. Does he seriously expect BCCI to take responsibility for persuading England, Australia, S.Africa and others to visit Pakistan ? Or is he suggesting that they were willing to play in Pakistan but BCCI scuppered it ? C'mon, grow up, guys !

  • Asif_Iqbal on April 18, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    Wrong decision because security situation is the same in all four countries excluding only Pakistan is not Wright I think the whole tournament should be sift to Aus & NZL.

  • nishadvadakkedath on April 18, 2009, 8:46 GMT

    it is very sad to see terrorists attack cricketers....politics should be different from sports.

  • SATTY77 on April 18, 2009, 7:27 GMT

    Its the perfect decision in my opinion. Now playing cricket is not important. Playing safe is important and the world cup should go on. And I dont understand why people like Zaheer Abbas blame INDIA for the cause. INDIA cancelled the trip for players safety/security and not for any other personal/political reasons. But Sri Lanka went to play there and paid for it. Luckily no fatal incident for the players. Such an incident has not happened ever in Cricket history. Is that not a reason enough to cancel the tournemant in Pakistan? I would request respectable person/cricketer like Zaheer Abbas not to add fuel to the flame and cause a new set of problems to the existing political tensions.

  • SportySpice on April 18, 2009, 6:57 GMT

    It was bound to happen. But I do not understand some of the commentators here trying to make an issue of the security situation in India. The IPL was moved from India because of the elections as the security infrastucture was channelised for the aid of DEMOCRACY. These resources would have been strained if IPL was played in India so the government made a safe decision. This only galvanises the fact that the establishment is very serious about security of high profile events and participants and will not take a chance even if it means loss of crores of rupees in tax revenue. Let the World Cup come at the time when there is no distractions and it will be the best and the safest world cup to date.

  • toor on April 18, 2009, 5:19 GMT

    I am sad to hear this news but I am not shocked. We cannot help it. Nobody is willing to come to Pkaistan and after Lahore attack rightly so. We just wish that people around the world should not consider the whole pakistani nation as terrorist. Yes there are some bad people exist in Pakistan but most of the people are peace loving and cricket lovers.

  • ghazala on April 18, 2009, 5:02 GMT

    The decision to strip Pakistan of hosting the world cup matches although painful,is correct in my view.People might say that it was hasty,but i think there is no way one can predict what the security would be one year from today.ICC perhaps could have allocated these matches to maybe ABUDHABI & DUBAI.... Just a thought. and kept Pakistan in the loop... Zafar Mehmood.

  • alinasirjafri on April 18, 2009, 4:40 GMT

    Once again these are sad moments for Pakistan cricket, but in this situation Pakistanis are obviously looking at the reactions of other people that how they are react especially Indian's. In all above comments we see a clear biasness, instead of supporting a neighbor or a cause of cricket behaving madly. It seems that they wants the cricket will only be played in India and no no where else if it will remain like this than we have a game in future name "Poker Cricket".

  • valasai on April 18, 2009, 4:18 GMT

    Very sorry to say that this is very hard decision, unfortunately we have to accept it.

  • atifmit on April 18, 2009, 4:18 GMT

    What over ICC said. As a Pakistani i thought for the moment the decision is right. The thing i am concern about is that ICC had taken the decision very early because we have exactly two years left for thw World cup. I would be a possibility that the condition would become normal before the event. My personal thought is that if another thing happened in sub-continent then the world cup moves toward Australia/Newzealand. So, i would like to share my concern to all sub-continent countires. One thing i would like to say that Pakistan is one of the important country in ICC but ICC is always neglecting Pakistan importance and always prefer other countries. We are thinking in Pakistan that now Cricket is going to be finished from Pakistan. And all that would be from ICC and all other countries. we are not demanding worldcup and other events we are suggest hoping for the support. we need sympathies. we are disappointed from India as well because we always support BCCI e.g in the matter of ICL

  • Zaheerahmed on April 18, 2009, 3:17 GMT

    No sane person would argue the fact that Pakistan is facing severe security issues at the moment. But decision was taken in a haste without any discussion on new security plan put forward by PCB. Isn't it strange that on the pretext of security 2011 Cricket World Cup would be played in 3 countries India (armed insurgency in 8 states; could not hold IPL in India), Sri Lanka (30 years old Civil War at its bloodiest part) and Bangladesh (just seen an armed coup resulting in killing of hundreds; could not host Pakistan due to security concerns).

  • HamzaZafar on April 18, 2009, 3:13 GMT

    Its not a wise choice to make such decisions 2 years prior to WorldCup! I agree that the security of Players is a big issue and ICC should do, what it must do, but atleast they could have waited for few months more to analyze the situation in Pakistan... WorldCup was a mega event, so obviously government would be providing more security.. not just for players, but for spectators!

    This is a very very bad luck for Pakistani Cricket, and stupid stupid decision indeed. They SHOULD've waited couple of months. What difference would it make if they had announced this 6-8 months before WorldCup, or before all the preparation?

    I was expecting ICC to take some confidence-building measures among ICC players, instead they ruined everything by making such decisions!

  • richard-munir on April 18, 2009, 2:46 GMT

    i believe that the security satuation is very hard to be sure of until the event is finished but to start with no confidence is also no way to host any kind of happy games. we all have to feel sad and think what is wrong and how to fix this problem in many part of the world and specially in the place like which are burning hot and the extremist are waiting some where to show there muscels. and pakistan have failed to protect the life of there own citizens anywhere even inside there own homes and how they can feel sad to say that they have been deprived of hosting world cup matches. we should be totally gurantee to the the lifes of others atleast and i must say that all of the other hosting countries r no different but little better then pakistan. i think pakistan should be thankful for the icc to left this huge burdon from there heads to host world cup games. i wish and pray that pakistani respect human being and love life. it's sad to say really but true that life is so cheap there.

  • Cricketer4good on April 18, 2009, 2:42 GMT

    I don't know why can't ICC make a proper decision about cricket in Pakistan every time. What they should have done in the past months, they didn't, and now at least a deadline should have been given like a report of security and all. If doesn't get better then yeah should have been dismissed. ICC needs a thinktank. I think all the matches should be held in India and Bangladesh coz Tigers in Sri lanka are pretty upset with authorities there.

  • mattyb10012 on April 18, 2009, 2:41 GMT

    To the comments quoted by Javed Miandad and Ramiz Raja, common guys, pull your head in. You gave the Sri Lankan cricket team all the assurances in the world and look what happened...(so caled Presidant style secutiry!!) The fact that you couldn't look after 1 country certainly means that you can't look after 12 or so countries. Face the facts, Pakistan is probably the most dangerous place in the world right now. Certainly not a place to host a world cup in a couple of years. I know the Pakistan cricket community wil suffer, but there is no other option. It's vrey sad, but we don't want the day to come where the Pakistan national side will be the only elite international side alive!

  • saqeeb90 on April 18, 2009, 2:39 GMT

    its all india's democracy, its ok to play in india after mumbai attack, but its not ok to play in pakistan bad news for cricket fans in pakistan

  • luvinsl on April 18, 2009, 1:49 GMT

    I reckon that the ban should be extended for Pakistan hosting the matches, that was pathetic the way their security situation was. But i'm happy ICC atleast made that decision.

  • Ajith-s on April 18, 2009, 1:48 GMT

    i think this is absolutely correct decision- if any pakistanis are upset then you should be ashamed no one feels safe in your country anymore-so how would you expect cricketers from foreign countries to be comfortable. good job by ICC officials.

  • leeandtait on April 18, 2009, 1:43 GMT

    The 2011 World Cup should be in Australia and New Zealand. But again inept and greedy adminstration of the game moved it to the sub-continent for the $$$$. Ironically this decision will continue to to fly back in the face of the ICC. If they have to move the IPL to South Africa what hope does the World Cup have?

  • sam_i_am on April 18, 2009, 1:41 GMT

    If I was a Pakistani citizen, right about now I would be more concerned about saving my country from the grasp of Taliban rather than having the World Cup in Lahore or Karachi.

  • Srinino1 on April 18, 2009, 1:38 GMT

    To move the 2011 World Cup out of Pakistan is the right decision. ICC is always blamed for being soft and not making decisions. For once they make an early and right decision. Pakistani cricketers and officials are rightfully and visibly upset. But they need to understand that its for their betterment. Let Pakistan prove itself to be stable and secure first. Comparing with IPL is useless. IPL was shifted due to elections and the Indian Govt had the guts to say no to a cricketing event and kudos to them. And kudos to showman Modi for moving IPL to South Africa. As they say, the show must go on.

  • krisreddy on April 18, 2009, 1:05 GMT

    I wonder how some pakistani cricket fans are moaning about 'the attacks can happen anywhere'. denial doesnt help.

  • hellraiser9 on April 18, 2009, 1:01 GMT

    Moving matches from pakistan is the right decision. Safety comes first. Just because pakistan is not safe it doesn't India is unsafe too. Unfortunately we cannot choose our neighbors. All the attacks which happened in India are because of terrorism in pakistan and from pakistan. This is universal truth. Their own people are unsafe so what kind of security can the provide for people from other country? And their constant denial is helping nobody. But whole world is not stupid. Every one knows how the situation is in pakistan. And it is unfortunate to see people being jealous that matches are held in India, Srilanka and Bangladesh. what happened in Pakistan is unfortunate but no excuse to be jealous of matches being held in India. India and pakistan are two different countries and people should understand that. It is because of their pathetic govt that pakistan are deprived of cricket. So instead of being jealous they can protest their govt to make it better.

  • dekku on April 18, 2009, 0:17 GMT

    Its shocking that some of the comments compare the situation in Pakistan to the situation in the rest of the sub-continent. They would raher have the world cup moved to Aus-NZ than let the other countries in the sub continent host it. There is always the threat of terrorism anywhere in the world and something like the Mumbai attacks can easily happen again. But there is a difference between providing security for the entire country and providing security for an event - someting India and Sri Lanka are very good at doing.

  • _Oracle_ on April 18, 2009, 0:17 GMT

    I am an Indian, but I am saddened by the fact that World cup isn't going to be played in Pakistan. That is one cricket loving country and a lots of fans will be disappointed. However, in all fairness, Pakistan had this coming. They should have taken security more seriously when SL gave them a chance. Don't get me wrong, an incident like in Lahore can happen anywhere, however, that is striking to me is that how no policemen were around when the attackers were fleeing the scene after watching the video. ALSO I don't like the idea some of these people who are saying world cup should move moved to AUS/NZ. India is a safe country. The Indian government takes security issues very seriously and thats why IPL is played in SA. I have full faith in Indian government that if they say that the world cup will be given full security, it will be very safe to play in India.

  • mindsurfnet on April 18, 2009, 0:09 GMT

    Unfortunately, It's very SAD & under pressure decision from ICC. How could ICC made his decision too quickly? I think it was prepared decision. The meeting was just a formality. I don't think so any one is suprised. Since everyone knows that it's been a plan work going on since last couple of years to keep cricket only in one country in ASIA. That's the reason a plan Lahore attack conducted by anti-Pakistan regiems. Instead ICC should helps countries trying to encourage sports. ICC is working with regims to finish cricket in Pakistan. I beleive that ICC and BCCI is intentionally damaging the sports in a Winnder country. Indeed Pakistan is a winner in all aspects, must see the world now with open eyes. I must say "PRE-PLAN DECISION FROM ICC". secondly, It's been noticed that since Harong Lagart has taken position in ICC, he's working closely with BCCI to abolish cricket in PAkistan and Srilanka. Despite this Pakistan will win World cup again and will shut the mouth of ICC.

  • vqureshi on April 17, 2009, 23:55 GMT

    No one in their right minds would go and play in Pakistan. I would've said it even before the Sri Lankan team disaster in Lahore. I just can't believe the nerve of some Pakistani players, critising the ICC decision. What also irks me is when I hear people say that cricket is a "religion" there. Give me a break, even against India in 2004, 80% of the stadiums were totally empty. I would also say that the way they prepare pitches in Pakistan (just look at the recent incredibly high scoring series against Sri Lanka) they make Cricket look frustratingly boring. Unless they come up with another Imran Khan (and soon at that too), no body is going to care for Pakistan. We all know that, we just don't want to admit.

  • GoAussieGo on April 17, 2009, 23:47 GMT

    Lets be honest, what does one expect from other countries after the devastating event that took place? Are we as a cricket fraternity being asked to roll the dice and find out if this will be a 'once off' for the sake of the game, or more honestly, to enter Pakistan purely for the benefit of Pakistani cricket? When will the world say enough is enough, when an Freddy Flintoff, Chanderpaul, or Brad Haddin is killed? No one would surely bat an eyelid, nor should they, if the ICC chose not to move these, and a team/s chose to forfeit a game due to fear of another attack? Do we want to see that come 2011? I don't think the sub continent is much safer if those groups want to use violence and cricket as a vehicle to publicise their cause, but it is fact they will do it in Pakistan, and anything short of accepting that is outright lunacy!

  • yasir-nisar on April 17, 2009, 23:20 GMT

    Clearly sad and disapointing decision from the ICC they can't guaranty that india is a safe country for cricket i think they just want to isolate pakistan and BCCI played there role in that.

  • IndiaJaiHo on April 17, 2009, 23:04 GMT

    I am surprised to read so many comments from pakistan about it being unsafe in india to play cricket. There is a big difference in the attacks - taj attacks was purely terrorism meant to scare people. Attack in pakistan was targeted at the players warning pakistan not to play matches in pakistan. That is a direct message against cricket. Being an Indian, i think the attacks in india are more politically generated, and the conditions overall is very safe. Noone even politically will think of loosing money by planning an attack during world cup. Too much money for the government and i think it is strong enough to stop terrorism coming from outside india. Pakistan on other hand is hampered by lot of other groups controlling how things work in pakistan.

  • zeekhan09 on April 17, 2009, 22:57 GMT

    I think that 2011 is far away and 1-1.5 year should be good enough period to make a decision but I guess preparation time could be a factor. But apart from that India as well as Sri Lanka are also not suitable venues it should entirely be moved to I guess to Australia / New Zealand or may be SA. However I really thing that ICC should renstate the ICL players altogether and come up with a formula to let everyone play without any restrictions.

  • khan7869 on April 17, 2009, 22:45 GMT

    welcome this thing from icc,omg at least cricket playerd will be safe from tarrer place in the world,

  • owaiskb on April 17, 2009, 22:43 GMT

    Being a Pakistani I can understand why the PCB officials, players, and fans are annoyed with the decision. But, I am kind of glad that Pakistan is not hosting the World Cup, because, God forbid, if something like the Lahore attacks happen during the World Cup, that would just mark the end of Cricket in Pakistan. This is a good opportunity for us to improve our domestic Cricket.

  • Funkystars on April 17, 2009, 22:41 GMT

    I feel the decision by ICC is totally wrong. I'm an Indian and I feel Pakistan is being isolated and the kids who could watch cricket may turn into other directions..How can ICC decide against Pakistan holding the event which is like 2 years down the line.. This is totally unfair to Pakistan and will hurt cricket in general.

    Tomm if there some blasts in India will ICC take the cup from India? this shows money talks

  • thriphty on April 17, 2009, 22:40 GMT

    As a Pakistani living in USA. I do regret the fact that Pakistan and especially the people of Pakistan will miss out on the fun and excitement of hosting a world event. But unless you have been living under a rock in a cave in East Timbuktu for the past 10years, honestly! were you thinking that the ICC would've just waved their hand and gloss over the Lahore incident and say, "yup, its A-okay to host the W.C-2011 in Pakistan". I can understand the people of Pakistan expressing their frustration because they always get the short end of the stick. But what's up with Saleem Altaf, Miandad and Rameez Raja, they actually make it sound like the ICC has made a huge blunder....Are these guys like slow or something. What part of 8 Pakistanis killed, 7 Srilankan players injured, with sharpnel sticking out of Ajantha Mendis's skull, spectacular bomb blasts practically every week in every major city, Taliban running the show 2 hours away from Islamabad, do they not understand?

  • imran_naqvi on April 17, 2009, 22:37 GMT

    icc cant do better than this to isolate pakistan in cricket. this is the way they are helping pakistan cricket lol. if pakistan isnt safe what do you think about india, srilanks and bangladesh? this is simply discrimination and icc is trying its level best to end pakistan cricket. this is very sad infact rediculas.

  • irfan.ahmad1976 on April 17, 2009, 22:33 GMT

    This is totally unfair to blame ICC of isolating Pakistan. They have taken absolutely right decision. With the presence of current govt in pakistan that is supporting Taliban culture every where, no one sensible should go and play there. The govt is totally failed in providing protection to local people especially today a terrorist was re allowed to lead the prayers in Red Mosque situated in the capital city of Pakistan. In this situation how can it protect the foreigners. I am a Pakistani but to lie just for the sake of cricket is not fair. Pakistan is not a safe country to host any event now.

  • shoaib_arshad on April 17, 2009, 22:26 GMT

    @ Kris the leo

    If India has a billion living feeling safe (which is untrue) doesnt mean players coming from abroad will feel safe or want to come, and i dont see how india's situation is diffrent from that of Pakistan so lets not take the moral high ground because you are just exposing your prejudices. However i think it is the first BOLD decision made by the ICC and its good so long as Pakistan gets regular cricket beacause its not safe to tour Pakistan at the moment, and the last thing Pakistan cricket and indeed Pakistan need right now is a repeat of last months events. Lets not forget Pakistan has many enemys some far some very close.

  • gSarkar on April 17, 2009, 22:21 GMT

    Expected ! I don't understand why Miandad, Ramiz Raja and other seniors of Pakistan are that its bad time for pakistan CRICKET. Its nothing related with cricket. Pak cricket team is still a strong team. Everyone is trying to ignore the fragile situation there in the name of cricket. I am sure if the situation improves, the cricket will automatically return to that country.

  • nihar_192 on April 17, 2009, 22:20 GMT

    Perfect move by the ICC. Pakistan's security has been terrible. Although India has faced a security breach in the Mumbai attacks, Pakistan has had many more and frequent and ongoing regular attacks in the country. Furthermore, Pakistan security and officials always said that cricket players would *never* be attacked but now even that has happened. Cricket in Pakistan should be banned. Anyone who has a problem with that can reply to me directly at nihar192@gmail.com

  • shravester on April 17, 2009, 22:15 GMT

    first and foremost, Pakistan is an unsafe place - hence this was coming. Really sorry if this hurts loads of Pakistan nationals or fans - I also love Pakistan as its not too different then India. Now just because matches have been moved out of Pakistan doesn't signify that all of Asia is unsafe. Agreed that Sri Lanka is having their own share of problems, hence you could discard the emerald nation as well. But coming to India, well, I dont see any problems there. And even if there are any problems, then I am sure BCCI (the richest board in World cricket) has the ability to ensure smooth functioning of the event. Unfortunately that cant be said about Pakistan.

    -shrav

  • shahid6995 on April 17, 2009, 22:09 GMT

    I am a Pakistani, and a rabid cricket lover. I find it utterly incomprehensible how the Pakistanis are behaving as if this is coming out of the blue or how unfair this is etc etc. Are you bloody kidding? If you are angry, don't be angry at the ICC, be angry at the terrorists who fired at the Sri Lanka team. Find the terrorists in your middle and bring them to justice first. We needs to start cleaning our own house first before we accuse other countries of "not supporting Pakistan". Boo hoo. International cricket should NOT come back to Pakistan any time soon. I am disappointed by Ramiz Raja's comment, I thought he had more sense in him. Miandad, he has proven by his actions and comments that he is stupid, the less said the better. He was a great batsman, but he would do us a great service just by shutting up. He is turning into another Sarfraz Nawaz as far as I can see. Let Pakistan team play offshore, in UAE or England, wherever. At this time Pakistan cannot host international teams.

  • Munsta101 on April 17, 2009, 22:05 GMT

    I think the Cricket World Cup should be held in the USA & Canada.

    That would be awesome dude.

    Ed

  • marajput on April 17, 2009, 22:01 GMT

    the act of ICC to moved out the World cup matches from pakistan is showing that ICC is under dog by four nations that is Australia, S, africa, England and India. ICC will follow their order otherwise.......! and it is the indication for Asian countries that ICC want to hijack the cricket from Asia in the same way as Eurpian Hockey Federation hijack the hockey from asia, IHF fully change the hockey rules because they were not capable to win against Asian hockey so this is the same type of monoply ICC playing against Asian cricket.

  • Damageinc on April 17, 2009, 21:53 GMT

    I am sorry but this is a clear example of discrimination against Pakistan,Pakistan is being deliberately isolated as a cricketing nation.Its a very heart breaking news for us, it seems as if ICC has been taken over by BCCI,it seems that BCCI is running the show now.

    Now we should boycott this tournament now...because we are a dignified nation and we should act honourably.

  • LittleInzi on April 17, 2009, 21:51 GMT

    It is indeed another sad day in Pakistan and not just cricket. After the Lahore attacks, I would be the last one to defend cricket being played in Pakistan, despite being the first one to defend before the attacks.Unfortunately, its a decision I cannot condemn. But perhaps they could have easily waited at least 12 more months before making any decisions (not that it would have been different) :(.

  • danish_tahir87 on April 17, 2009, 21:22 GMT

    The ICC decision isolates Pakistan. It would be a great setback for the Pakistani Cricket fanatics. The more surprising fact is that the decision has been made before two years. Before the WC07, construction work at some stadiums in WI ended just a few months before the tournament started so where was the "uncertainty" factor. It has to be admitted that incidents can happen in any part of the world. I also see this decision as a chunk of a greater activity. Believe it or not, but the things started happening in March and the project is finished. Its up to those people who have the vision to foresee and know the beneficiaries !!!

  • Roamer on April 17, 2009, 21:12 GMT

    This is disappointing for Pakistan .... but what would happen when Pakistan refuse to play matches in India .... the best thing should have been to move it to Aus/Nzl.

    But hey what ICL? .... time for ICC to show impartiality !!!

  • iris98 on April 17, 2009, 21:10 GMT

    Icc made a wise decision for not conducting cricket in Pakistan. it would be even better if it doesn't conduct in Asia. Being a great cricket lover and too from India it a disappointment for me if world cup is not held in Asia. But one thing every one should keep in mind is the security, Asian countries are very vulnerable for militants attack and if one such incident happens during world cup, then the whole siries will be canceled. Let them play in different countries and we can still enjoy cricket matches watching on TV. Something is better than nothing.

  • DKT27 on April 17, 2009, 21:06 GMT

    Its a right decision by ICC, whole world knows why. As questioned about India, you should first come and see how security has been here, every road has a police van on the corner in the big cities, atleast it is not bad as what happened to Sri Lankan players in Pakistan. So overall it seems that it is a right decision. Now lets see what they do about India.

  • 13th.ugliest on April 17, 2009, 21:02 GMT

    I totally agree with the ICC decision. Pakistan is not a place to be at all, forget touring for sports. We'd rather play a game or two in Afghanistan, but not Pakistan.

  • JackMacl on April 17, 2009, 20:32 GMT

    I totally agree with the ICC. Pakistan has proven it is not safe - for any team. Not even their close neighbours Sri Lanka, who hold nothing against each other. Finally, after a year of teams pulling out of Pakistan, they got their chance. And it was blown! It is good that they made the decision now and not at the last minutes, making the whole tournament fall to pieces.

  • Ahmed713 on April 17, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    It's not fair with a nation that loves the game. One incident and we are deprived from a game which meant so much for us.

    The feeling of a Cricket Lover

  • fastballer138 on April 17, 2009, 19:39 GMT

    I think that the ICC is not making the right disicion about not having the world cup in pakistan. This will effect the future of pakistan and the youngsters in there too. They should also let the probables for the pakistan t20 team try again. this will make a huge difference in the pakistani environment.

  • nabilkhan91 on April 17, 2009, 19:34 GMT

    this 2011 worldcup should be moved to australia nd newzealand... and asia should host the next worldcup, bcoz security situation is not good in india and srilanka either at this moment

  • Muqbi_Altaf on April 17, 2009, 19:32 GMT

    I am a very strong supporter of Pakistan cricket though my nationality doesn't suggest this. However, let us not close our eyes to the situation that prevails in Pakistan right now. How could the security of players be put again to risk after what happened with the Srilankans. I think the decision of ICC is the right one at this moment of time. This is damaging to the sport as well as the economy of Pakistan but then the people incharge of the country should fully blame themselves not only to provide security to foreigners but also in having no clues about the events that have happened during the recent past. Let us face the reality and not be unrealistic and emotional about it.

    I am equally surprised by the action of BCCI or whatever, to totally exclude Pakistani players from IPL. Do Indian authorities want to give an impression that Pakistani players are involved in extremism. I tell you this IPL has already lost its charm.

  • Bazi on April 17, 2009, 19:31 GMT

    This is an ill-timed decision. Pakistan should have been give more time to prove and improve the securtiy frame-work esp when there were still 2 yrs to go till the WC. Terrorists too have been given a clear message that you hit a nation like this and we shall make that country a cricketing pariah! I am sad for Pakistan as a Pakistani and a cricket fan. I wonder if any other country except perhaps one or two others would have gotten this treatment come what may?

    P.S. as for all those indians (not all) who are celetrating mutedly. try to stage INDIAN PL in India first then come back to have a talk! No one should be so myopic.

  • saad789 on April 17, 2009, 19:22 GMT

    I believe the decision was made by the masses who wanted to drag international cricket out of pakistan. These masses are those countries who are hosting the 2011 world cup and those who want to host world cup, trying to declare pakistan a terrorist state. And so far these countries have been successful. Had Pakistan been a strong board financially with the current security situation, i bet the decision would have been different. The ICC executives should have given a grace period to pakistan for another year to observe the security situation and then made a decision. Just look at South Africa, they are hosting IPL on such a short notice, i'm sure there would not have been any problem for countries trying to host World Cup even a year later.

  • SachinPujari on April 17, 2009, 19:17 GMT

    It is good for cricket, being a cricket fan and seeing what happened with Srilankan players it is good that ICC has taken this strict decision. Pakistanis have sold their morals to America and Taliban. Pakistan government can't protect their civilians so what they will protect all cricket teams when they will reach there to play world cup. I am great admirer of players like Miandad, Akram and Shoaib and seeing that such a great sporting country loosing their right to host world cup is a great pain. People of Pakistan should wake up now and come on the street to save their country from looters like America and intruders like Taliban, or else one day they will be in state like Iraq and Afganistan.

  • Shash28 on April 17, 2009, 19:15 GMT

    Well, you can't argue with the assessment although it is in theory logical to say no one can ensure security, one must look at the conditions at hand that makes a security mishape more unforgiving in one environment as opposed to another. And as for comparing Pakistan's troubles to the rest of Asia? Well India and Bangladesh definitely, but Sri Lanka's woes have a more in grown element where the rebels will never attack Int'l sportsmen because that would alienate them from the Western support they are seeking - unlike Islamic Extremists who we can be certain aren't looking for Western goodwill.

  • CiMP on April 17, 2009, 19:06 GMT

    It is sad that a former WC Champion and twice co-host of the WC will not be be a co-host in 2011. I guess it is a sad irony that while cricketers and cricket lovers all over the world will love to see Pak players in action, the country itself is perceived as unsafe for cricket after the attack on Sri Lankan team. As an admirer of players from Majid Jehangir to Md Asif, I hope Pak - teh govt, the PCB and the ppl in general will do their very best to establish a record of terrorism free country in the next 2 yrs so that a last minute change can still happen.

  • Ahmer on April 17, 2009, 19:06 GMT

    I am Pakistani and I totally agree with ICC's decision. Nobody would like to go to Pakistan even if someone asks any Pakistani player to play in Afghanistan and Iraq; he would certainly deny playing over there. On the other hand, this is also a fact that security situation in other south asian countries like India and Srilanka are not good either. It would be ideal condition for everyone that if ICC move world cup 2011 to Australia and come back to sub-continent for world cup 2015.

  • chakay-pay-chaka on April 17, 2009, 18:47 GMT

    The ICC shows its usual lopsided approach! Are the other Asian countries truly safer - Sri Lanka is still fighting a "war" while Bangladesh has just quelled an internal rebellion. The Kashmir separatists in India pose no less a problem. Surely, the sensible option would have been to shift the whole event to Australia/New Zealand for now giving the Asian bloc to host the event thereafter.

  • bulla on April 17, 2009, 18:38 GMT

    Correct decision by the ICC, I really don't see how any one could expect foreign teams to tour Pakistan after cricketers were attacked by design. Sure, attacks can take place anywhere, but there is an element called probability or likelihood. It's just that in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, at present, the chances of armed men firing rocket launchers openly on the streets is significantly lower than in Pakistan. Were it to change, no doubt the ICC will do a rethink. It's sad to see Pakistani fans and officials adopting a dog in the manger policy and only trying to undermine the security condition in India rather than evaluating conditions in their own country. It's symptomatic of 61 years of Pakistani existence actually - an absurd India fixation and envy.

  • Hammad.Fayyaz on April 17, 2009, 18:32 GMT

    I agree with most of the ppl here that Pak admin must have imagined that coming their way. Having said that, Im also pretty much sure that IPL is shifted to South Africa, NOT only because of elections. Indian admin also knew that it will be mighty difficult for them to manage full security during IPL (recall blasts during IPL last year). On an honest note, I do want to say that World Cup should be shifted outside Asia because it is not a safe place to manage things. I would also include Bangladesh into that (as conditions in Pak, SL and India are already on same magnitude). As now i believe that letting Pak out from the scene WITHIN ASIA wont make things smooth and surely they will also trigger things up at their time WITHIN ASIA, which is rightly so.

  • Nasir-Malik on April 17, 2009, 18:18 GMT

    Oh that was expected to happen but so early i never imagined...ICC must not leave Pakistan isolated. Country which has Produced World class players cant be let in this way. Had there been good enough security in lahore on march 3. Alas! what happened. But hosting in other Asian coutries in not out of risk as well. Tell you what i was so excited to have world cup matches in Pakistan. Now i want to raise a question if ICC can take this decision that early no one thought. why it cannot be quick in solving problem of icl players?. This leaves a big question mark?

  • nigarmkhan on April 17, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    I totally agree with the decision I do not think it is advisable to play cricket in Pakistan as the lives of not only of the players but also the people will be at stake

  • swadood on April 17, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    I don't understand what makes ICC think that India or SL are any safe for this major event? Are they waiting on another Taj Like attack happen on the cricketers and some lose there life? then they will realize.

    World Cup in Asia in 2011 is just not safe, ICC could have easily decided to give it to AUS & NZ and taken then the next world cup hoping security would have been better by then.

  • Kris_The_Leo on April 17, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    Okay, may be I am missing something, but didn't Pakistan had it coming? I am surprised by the reactions from the Pakistan board and former players. I understand that security can't be guaranteed anywhere in the world in current environment, however we cannot argue with the fact that some places are safer for the larger population than others. Being an Indian, I can understand both sides of the coin, some players rejected coming to India in the past and can find it unsafe, while Indians will think that a billion people leave and feel safe there everyday, however, still not a lot of people will argue that India is still a viable place to visit and play cricket. Pakistan on the other hand, need to be really serious about security if they want cricket to survive and flourish in that country. I would hate if cricket is deprived of future Wasim Akrams and Imran Khan's coming out of Pakistan . In the end, sad decision for Pakistan and its cricket, but a pragmatic one for world cricket!

  • HASHIMKHAN on April 17, 2009, 17:46 GMT

    Being a pakistani and a cricket lover its absolutly heart breaking news for every cricket fan is pakistan who was looking forward to this mega event taking place in pakistan.To be honest no body can gurantee perfect security in any part of the world. Security mishaps can happen at any time any place. Pretty sad all of this development. Hashim Khan - Pakistan

  • AAJIACAR on April 17, 2009, 17:41 GMT

    As a cricket fan and Pakistani I am saddened to note this. It is dissapointng and discouraging for Pakistani Cricket fans and organisers.

    On a different note I can understand that I myself will not be willing to visit a country as a foreigner where some people are after destablising the nation and willing to do anything that can create turmoil even try to kill sport figures. I an 100% sure no one had qualms if the Pakistan was a place where one can tell surely no attempt will be made on any team and all will be good. Unfortunatley it is a bad situation and if you see the trend is to after govtinterest and non muslim to get more mdeia attention. I will not blame anyone but our own govt. and political honchos and establishment who brought this to our country andclearly they do not give a damn as thier agenda does not have common men's interest in front. Would any of us in Eng or Aus boots like to visit a country in a bulls eye T shirt where people are looking for easy target? Azfar

  • QUDSI on April 17, 2009, 17:29 GMT

    ICC have made this decision too early. they could wait for next 8 to 10 months.and just in case they could hold some Indian or Bangladesh venues for some Pakistan matches.

  • masumaman on April 17, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    Honestly speaking, the World Cup should be shifted to Australia and Newzealand. The condition of the other 3 countries is also not that good. It would be a risk to host the World Cup in Asia. India could not host its own IPL. Though it was for the election, in reality it would be hard to give security to all the teams in Asia.

  • rupok_khan on April 17, 2009, 17:22 GMT

    As of being a fan of the cricket world, I'm rally pleased and agree with the ICC's decision-"World Cup matches moved out of Pakistan", but at the same time I wonder why the Pakistani Officials are FREAKING OUT about the result even after knowing that Pakistan isn't a safe place to be at.

  • MaraudingJ on April 17, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    This reaction is certainly understandable given the events of Lahore in March. Still, it is sad. I've lived all over the world, and in my experience Pakistani cricket fans are extremely passionate, loyal, and dedicated to this great sport. It seems miserably unfair to deprive them of any cricket, much less a World Cup to which I know many were looking forward (for instance, a friend and his father were planning to fly back from Canada to watch some games). I hope Pakistani cricket survives this crisis, both emotionally and financially. The world would be a poorer place without their legacy, born in youths slinging tape-tennis yorkers, culminating in elite professionals castling batsmen with leather toe-crushers. Pakistani cricket is blessed with the sublime: energetic, in-your-face, never-say-die, with talent to spare. I'm already missing it now. Please, ICC, don't let it wane completely.

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  • MaraudingJ on April 17, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    This reaction is certainly understandable given the events of Lahore in March. Still, it is sad. I've lived all over the world, and in my experience Pakistani cricket fans are extremely passionate, loyal, and dedicated to this great sport. It seems miserably unfair to deprive them of any cricket, much less a World Cup to which I know many were looking forward (for instance, a friend and his father were planning to fly back from Canada to watch some games). I hope Pakistani cricket survives this crisis, both emotionally and financially. The world would be a poorer place without their legacy, born in youths slinging tape-tennis yorkers, culminating in elite professionals castling batsmen with leather toe-crushers. Pakistani cricket is blessed with the sublime: energetic, in-your-face, never-say-die, with talent to spare. I'm already missing it now. Please, ICC, don't let it wane completely.

  • rupok_khan on April 17, 2009, 17:22 GMT

    As of being a fan of the cricket world, I'm rally pleased and agree with the ICC's decision-"World Cup matches moved out of Pakistan", but at the same time I wonder why the Pakistani Officials are FREAKING OUT about the result even after knowing that Pakistan isn't a safe place to be at.

  • masumaman on April 17, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    Honestly speaking, the World Cup should be shifted to Australia and Newzealand. The condition of the other 3 countries is also not that good. It would be a risk to host the World Cup in Asia. India could not host its own IPL. Though it was for the election, in reality it would be hard to give security to all the teams in Asia.

  • QUDSI on April 17, 2009, 17:29 GMT

    ICC have made this decision too early. they could wait for next 8 to 10 months.and just in case they could hold some Indian or Bangladesh venues for some Pakistan matches.

  • AAJIACAR on April 17, 2009, 17:41 GMT

    As a cricket fan and Pakistani I am saddened to note this. It is dissapointng and discouraging for Pakistani Cricket fans and organisers.

    On a different note I can understand that I myself will not be willing to visit a country as a foreigner where some people are after destablising the nation and willing to do anything that can create turmoil even try to kill sport figures. I an 100% sure no one had qualms if the Pakistan was a place where one can tell surely no attempt will be made on any team and all will be good. Unfortunatley it is a bad situation and if you see the trend is to after govtinterest and non muslim to get more mdeia attention. I will not blame anyone but our own govt. and political honchos and establishment who brought this to our country andclearly they do not give a damn as thier agenda does not have common men's interest in front. Would any of us in Eng or Aus boots like to visit a country in a bulls eye T shirt where people are looking for easy target? Azfar

  • HASHIMKHAN on April 17, 2009, 17:46 GMT

    Being a pakistani and a cricket lover its absolutly heart breaking news for every cricket fan is pakistan who was looking forward to this mega event taking place in pakistan.To be honest no body can gurantee perfect security in any part of the world. Security mishaps can happen at any time any place. Pretty sad all of this development. Hashim Khan - Pakistan

  • Kris_The_Leo on April 17, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    Okay, may be I am missing something, but didn't Pakistan had it coming? I am surprised by the reactions from the Pakistan board and former players. I understand that security can't be guaranteed anywhere in the world in current environment, however we cannot argue with the fact that some places are safer for the larger population than others. Being an Indian, I can understand both sides of the coin, some players rejected coming to India in the past and can find it unsafe, while Indians will think that a billion people leave and feel safe there everyday, however, still not a lot of people will argue that India is still a viable place to visit and play cricket. Pakistan on the other hand, need to be really serious about security if they want cricket to survive and flourish in that country. I would hate if cricket is deprived of future Wasim Akrams and Imran Khan's coming out of Pakistan . In the end, sad decision for Pakistan and its cricket, but a pragmatic one for world cricket!

  • swadood on April 17, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    I don't understand what makes ICC think that India or SL are any safe for this major event? Are they waiting on another Taj Like attack happen on the cricketers and some lose there life? then they will realize.

    World Cup in Asia in 2011 is just not safe, ICC could have easily decided to give it to AUS & NZ and taken then the next world cup hoping security would have been better by then.

  • nigarmkhan on April 17, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    I totally agree with the decision I do not think it is advisable to play cricket in Pakistan as the lives of not only of the players but also the people will be at stake

  • Nasir-Malik on April 17, 2009, 18:18 GMT

    Oh that was expected to happen but so early i never imagined...ICC must not leave Pakistan isolated. Country which has Produced World class players cant be let in this way. Had there been good enough security in lahore on march 3. Alas! what happened. But hosting in other Asian coutries in not out of risk as well. Tell you what i was so excited to have world cup matches in Pakistan. Now i want to raise a question if ICC can take this decision that early no one thought. why it cannot be quick in solving problem of icl players?. This leaves a big question mark?