Abu Dhabi: Former ICC president Ehsan Mani has accused India of being behind the decision to shift World Cup 2011 matches away from Pakistan, thus further isolating the troubled country in the international cricket scenario.
“The decision to move the World Cup out of Pakistan was ill-conceived and taken in haste and I am afraid to say that India has a big hand in this (decision)," said Ehsan Mani, former president of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The ICC last month stripped Pakistan of its share of World Cup matches, citing the "uncertain security situation" in the country as the reason for its decision. The matches will now be held in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Pakistan had become an unsafe venue for international matches following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March, which left seven players, and their assistant coach injured besides killing eight policemen.
Mani, who is from Pakistan, said the decision on the World Cup was not on the agenda of the meeting.
“From what I have heard, seen and spoken to PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) and number of other people, it wasn"t on the agenda at all in the meeting, the issue on the agenda was security situation in Pakistan after attacks on the Sri Lankan team.
“If the intention of the ICC and its members was to move the World Cup 2011 away from Pakistan, it should have been properly discussed, proper concept papers should have gone out so that the PCB could have been prepared," Mani said.
“A decision of this magnitude should have been discussed at length but I am afraid it"s an ill-conceived decision made in haste," he added.
Mani, who was ICC president between 2003 and 2006, said the World Cup was awarded to four countries and not one.
“India is taking control and just claiming they will host all matches, it''s totally unacceptable," said Mani of India who will now host 29 matches, Sri Lanka 12 and Bangladesh eight.