Pakistan leave out Multan from list of WC venues

Published: Sunday, April 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Inzamam-ul Haq's home town Multan would not host any match of the 2011 World Cup in case the joint Asian bid is accepted by the ICC as Pakistan have selected Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad as the venues for the premier event.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director Cricket Operations Saleem Altaf told the News that Multan has been excluded from the list of venues for the cricket extravaganza.

Pakistan, who would play host to 16 of the games, are among the four Asian nations -- others being India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh -- who would submit their joint bid later this month.

Mr Altaf also revealed that Sri Lanka, who would host nine games of the tournament, have chosen the Premadasa stadium and Sinhalese Cricket Club in Colombo and Bangladesh will host their share of six matches at the Fataullah stadium, the venue for their ongoing first Test against Australia.

The PCB Director said all four nations were now busy preparing the compliance book for the ICC, which would give the details of the arrangements in the respective countries.

The bidders would be meeting in Abu Dhabi on April 18 to finalise their submission.

''The representatives of all four Boards would meet again on April 18 in Abu Dhabi for a final presentation on the bid'' and would travel to Dubai after that to submit the bid.

''Our representative Subhan Ahmed, in fact, is now in Dubai going over the compliance book with ICC officials before it is finally printed,'' he said.

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