Dubai : The International Cricket Council (ICC) has put aside all allegations that the decision to shift the 2011 World Cup matches from Pakistan was taken in a hurry, saying the issue was discussed appropriately before the final decision was taken.
The ICC"s chief executive officer Haroon Lorgat said it is not right to say that the decision was taken without discussing the issue properly.
“It is unfair to say that it was not properly discussed. The decision was made unanimously at the organization"s board meeting last month," he said.
Lorgat said the ICC would continue to help Pakistan from being alienated in the international cricket world.
Talking to media persons on the side lines of a programme, Lorgat said a special task committee would be set-up to help Pakistan come out of the situation where no foreign team wants to tour the country due to security concerns.
“It is important that international cricket should return to Pakistan. This country has produced great cricketers and still there is enormous talent," the Daily Times quoted Lorgat, as saying
Commenting on the statement of former ICC president, Ehsan Mani that shifting of World Cup matches from Pakistan was not on the agenda for the ICC"s meeting, Lorgat said : “It"s unfortunate that Mani has chosen to make a public statement without full knowledge at his disposal. This is not correct that it was not on board meeting"s agenda."