Pakistan may be stripped of world cup

Published: Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 16:58 [IST]
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Pakistan's world cup hopes under threat

Dubai: The International Cricket Council will review plans for the 2011 World Cup following Tuesday morning's terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team coach in Lahore.

Pakistan was due to stage 14 games in the event as co-hosts alongside India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. One of the semi-finals was slated for the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, which was the intended destination for the Sri Lanka bus when it was attacked by gunmen.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat admitted there would now be urgent talks about whether to shift World Cup matches away from Pakistan in two years' time, telling Times Now: "In the next day or two we will have to make some serious decisions, and we will."

He added: "There obviously have been breaches and the security has not been good enough.

"There will be some serious repercussions from this, but for the time being we need to make sure the players, the officials and the people who have been dear to us are safe.

"That must be our focus for now and we will address that as much as we possibly can."

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