WC venues can be shifted,if needed

The International Cricket Council has asked the organisers of the 2011 World Cup to consider shifting venues to other cities...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 18, 2009 11:50:46 pm

The International Cricket Council has asked the organisers of the 2011 World Cup to consider shifting venues to other cities — even countries if needed — given the volatile security situation in Pakistan.

“It’s a consideration that we have to give attention to,” said ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat after the meeting of the 2011 World Cup Central Organising Committee. “This is not something we discussed today,except to ask the organisers to consider alternate host city venues within the country as well as alternate country venues if conditions are not favourable in one of the particular host countries,” said Lorgat,without making any direct reference to the turmoil in Pakistan.

However,he was quick to add the World Cup was “long way off to get concerned at this stage”.

Lorgat meanwhile confirmed that the opening ceremony to be held on 19 February will be held in Bangladesh and that the 2011 World Cup will have only 49 games as against 51 played during the 2007 event.

Anti-corruption for IPL

Meanwhile,Lorgat said ICC was in touch with the Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi on deploying ACSU officials during the IPL. “We are in discussion with Mr Modi. They are keen to have ACSU officials in IPL and we also feel it makes sense,” he said.

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