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PCB mull proposing neutral venues for its share of 2011 World Cup matches

Karachi, May 23 (ANI):  The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is mulling to propose neutral venues for the   2011 World Cup matches that the International Cricket Council (ICC) denied hosting in Pakistan due to precarious security conditions.

The PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said that the board is trying to hard to host the matches on Pakistan soil, but if it fails to do so it would want the matches to be held on neutral venues other than in any of the three host (India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) countries.

“We will, as per the hosts’ agreement we have all signed, submit a satisfactory security plan to the ICC for games in Pakistan. Should that plan not be satisfactory then we will put forward a proposal for a neutral venue,” The News quoted Butt, as saying.

Butt said the PCB would like to host its share of matches in the Middle East or Kuala Lumpur.

“We have in our minds the options of the Middle East and Kuala Lumpur. That process and procedure is part of the hosting agreement that we all signed,” he added.

The ICC has convened meeting in Dubai on June 3 to discuss the issue.

“We decided some solution has to be worked out and we will have a discussion in Dubai on June 3 and all the officials will be there, so I hope a solution will be found,” Butt added. (ANI)

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