India take World Cup charge after Pakistan exit
ndia will organise a major part of cricket's World Cup in 2011 after
Pakistan were stripped of co-hosting rights, the International Cricket
Council said on Tuesday.
The showpiece event awarded to South Asia was thrown into turmoil
earlier this month after the ICC removed Pakistan as a host nation due
to security concerns, following the attack on the Sri Lankan team in
Lahore in March.
The ICC moved swifty to put the tournament back on track, giving
India a majority of matches with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh retained as
"We are confident of organising a very successful World Cup," ICC
chief executive Haroon Lorgat told reporters after a meeting of the
tournament's organising committee here.
The World Cup secretariat was shifted from Lahore to Mumbai, while
the Indian cricket board official Ratnakar Shetty was appointed the
event's managing director in place of Pakistani banker Salman Butt.
India will host 29 matches at eight venues, including one
quarter-final, a semi-final and the final, Lorgat said.
MUMBAI, Tuesday, AFP