LONDON: Pakistan's role as a co-host of the 2011 cricket World Cup is in doubt after the ICC said the country was unlikely to stage internationals in the near future following Tuesday's terror attack on Sri Lanka's team in Lahore.
"It's difficult to see international cricket being played in Pakistan for the foreseeable future," the International Cricket Council's Lorgat told a news conference at Lord's where he was flanked by sombre ICC president David Morgan.
Lorgat said the sport's governing body would review whether Pakistan could co-host the World Cup at their next board meeting in April. Pakistan are scheduled to host 14 matches.
"It will be challenging for us to be convinced that Pakistan will be a safe venue," he said.
The 2011 World Cup is due to be hosted by Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
A dozen gunmen attacked Sri Lanka's team bus, wounding six players and a British coach and killing at least eight Pakistanis as they were being driven to the Gaddafi stadium for the third day of a test match against Pakistan, officials said.
Morgan described the attack as shocking and said World Cup security was paramount.
"The board will have to think very carefully about the extent to which Pakistan will be used for that event," he said of the 2011 World Cup.
"The situation in Pakistan is such that teams should not be expected to go there in the immediate future.
"On many occasions we have been told that cricketers would not be targeted in Pakistan but this morning's events proved that to be quite incorrect."
Lorgat advised Pakistan to seek to play their matches in neutral venues for now, while Morgan said he hoped the security problems in the country would not be too long-term.
"Cricket will and must go on, cricketers will want the game to go on," said Morgan, adding that other sports would be very concerned about the events in Lahore.
"The situation in Pakistan is that there will be a great reluctance for cricketers to go there but we must not believe that Pakistan will remain unsafe for ever and ever.
"You only have to look back to 2005 and the attacks in London just before the Ashes series. Some of the Australian players wanted to go home but were persuaded to stay."
Morgan said security arrangements for cricket series were agreed between the two participating teams with the ICC only providing assistance in the case of disputes.
Lorgat rejected any suggestion that not enough was done to prevent the attack on the Sri Lanka team.