DUBAI: Pakistan has been stripped of hosting rights for the 2011 World Cup because of the 'uncertain security situation' in the country, the International Cricket Council said on Friday.
"It is a regrettable decision (but) our number one priority is to create certainty and deliver a safe, secure and successful event," ICC president David Morgan said in a statement.
Pakistan were due to co-host the event with India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
During the first day of ICCís Executive Boardís meeting, Australia and New Zealand firmly opposed Pakistanís co-hosting of the matches of World Cup 2011.
David Morgan said: ďI am unhappy to make this decision but it is has been made to ensure security of the cricket players.Ē
The World Cup Secretariat will now be shifted from Lahore and the World Cup matches will now be hosted by Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.
According to sources, India was hopeful of support from India in this regard but it failed to extend the same.
Report of attack on Sri Lankan team in Lahore was also presented at the above meeting.