Pak to demand greater share of WC league ties

Published: Sunday, November 12, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Having conceded the right to host the 2011 World Cup final to India, Pakistan now wants to have a greater share of the league stage matches of the mega event and will be taking up the matter with the rest of the Asian Bloc in a meeting next month.

The Asian Bloc -- comprising India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh -- won the rights to host the 2011 World Cup earlier this year. India will get to host the maximum number of league matches and the final in the event.

Quoting sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board, 'The News' reported that the PCB was eager to corner a greater share of the matches, especially after the ICC decided to give away $five mil to the host boards for every match of the event.

''The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have decided to press for the right to host more matches of the quadrennial event,'' a PCB source said.

Pakistan is scheduled to host 16 league matches and a semifinal of the tournament but the PCB wants the number increased after India got the rights to host the final.

India is set to host 22 league matches as well. Sri Lanka would be hosting nine matches, including the other semifinal and Bangladesh will play host to six games.

''When Shaharyar Khan was the chairman of the Pakistan Board, he had said that Pakistan would host 15 games and the final of the 2011 World Cup. But later, India lobbied against the decision and pushed forward to stage the final in Delhi instead besides hosting 22 group matches,'' the source said.

''Since India have moved away from the earlier agreement, Pakistan now wants a larger share of group matches and a meeting of all the four Boards of host countries is scheduled sometime in December to sort out this issue,'' he added.


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