Monday, June 29, 2009

PCB Should not Blame World Cup Co-hosts

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recently blamed three other world cup co-hosts India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for being stripped of its share of 14 world cup 2011 matches. Pakistan lost its world cup hosting right after the deadly terror attack on Sri Lankan team bus which left 6 policemen and a van driver dead last March during a test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

PCB then sent a legal notice to ICC on this regard and proposed to host the 14 world cup matches in a neutral venue like United Arab Emirates. However, ICC did not accept that proposal, but ensured that it would give PCB the world cup hosting fee of US$10.5 million and Pakistan would have its participation in the central organizing committee of world cup tournament.

However, PCB chief Ijaz Butt said that it could have found out a solution of the venues for 14 matches as well as a suitable location for world cup secretariat which has recently been shifted from Lahore to Mumbai.

I think, it is really disappointing for PCB that they now allowed to host the world cup matches, but PCB should understand that the problem does not exist in any other three co-hosts. The problem relies in Pakistan and ICC is doing its best to ensure the highest possible security for the participating teams and cricket fans. So, naturally considering the current situation of Pakistan, ICC has taken the right decision. It is true that Pakistan is a cricket crazy nation and they have shown Pakistan is still a cricket powerhouse by winning the twenty20 world cup 2009. However, when it comes to security, ICC must ensure the safety of the players. I think, PCB should not blame its neighboring cricket control bodies. Rather, PCB should request Pakistan government to take some more initiatives in order to stop the terrorist activities so that the security condition of the country comes under control.


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