Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is against playing its matches in India during the 2011 World Cup, and has reportedly asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to shift its matches to Sri Lanka or Bangladesh.
Sources said PCB chief Ijaz Butt, during the recent ICC executive board meeting, had apprised the game"s governing body regarding its stance.
“Even the ICC is aware of the tense relation between the two countries and not keen to take any risks. Pakistan has also indicated it would be more comfortable playing maximum number of matches in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh," The Nation quoted PCB insiders, as saying.
Butt, however, has expressed the hope that the soured relationship between India and Pakistan would improve by 2011 World Cup, but made it clear that it will follow the government"s directives on allowing players to visit India.
“We will do whatever the government tells us to do in this regard. But hopefully by 2011 relations between the two countries would have improved quite a bit," Butt said.
The ICC had recently announced the groupings of the 2011 World Cup, saying the schedule and venues of the matches will be finalized by next year.
While is India in placed in Group B along with South Africa, England and the West Indies. Pakistan will be in 'Group A" along world champions Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Canada.
Netherlands, Ireland and Bangladesh are also in Group B.