No World Cup games in Pakistan unless major change: ICC
LONDON: Pakistan cannot host international cricket unless it dramatically improves security, the head of the sport''s world body said after Tuesday''s Lahore attacks, questioning notably the 2011 World Cup.
"In the current situation it clearly is a very dangerous place," David Morgan, president of the International Cricket Council, told media after the deadly attacks on Sri Lanka''s cricket team in Lahore.
Asked about plans for the World Cup, due to be played in four Indian subcontinent countries, Morgan said: "Things will have to change dramatically in Pakistan in my opinion if any of the games are to be staged there."
"I think that international cricket in Pakistan is out of the question until there is a very significant change, a regime change I guess," he added.
An ICC spokesman said he assumed Morgan was referring to a call by Pakistani senators this week for the Pakistani cricket board to be sacked.
Eight people died when the Sri Lankan cricket team''s convoy was attacked by masked gunmen as they traveled to play at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. Seven team members were injured.
Pakistan''s High Commissioner to Britain Wajid Hasan meanwhile told British media that it was too early to talk of the end of international cricket in his country.
"I wouldn''t like to rush to that sort of conclusion," he said.