India-Pakistan tension no threat to World Cup: ICC
NEW DELHI: The 2011 cricket World Cup will go on as scheduled in South Asia despite growing political tensions between co-hosts India and Pakistan, the sport''s governing body said on Tuesday.
"We are committed to staging the World Cup in Asia," International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat told reporters after a meeting of the World Cup organising committee here.
"I am aware of the current situation but the World Cup is still a long way away. It is too early to be concerned but we are monitoring the situation on a regular basis."
Representatives from all four-host nations -- India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh -- attended the meeting that was chaired by ICC vice-president Sharad Pawar.
Lorgat said World Cup organisers had been asked to keep alternate venues in mind as a security precaution. "This has to be done if something is not favourable in any of the host countries," he said.
So far 15 World Cup venues had been identified with eight in India, four in Pakistan, two in Sri Lanka and one in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh will host the opening ceremony on February 19, 2011, while the final will be played in India and the two semi-finals shared by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Lorgat said.
The ICC chief executive, however, warned that preparations for the tournament needed to advance faster.
"We have noticed that the work is lagging behind and the host nations need to speed it up," he said. "We have some catching up to do but I am confident we will deliver a world class event."