Pakistan lodges protest over World Cup shift

DUBAI: Pakistan has lodged a protest with cricket''s governing body over the shifting of World Cup 2011 matches due to be staged in the country to other nations, an official said Wednesday.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) last week stripped Pakistan of 14 matches it was scheduled to host, citing the "uncertain security situation" in the troubled country.

The fixtures will go ahead in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed said a delegate of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) lodged the protest on the sidelines of ICC meeting here on Tuesday.

"We have registered our protest during the ICC meeting and our stance was that all four co-hosts of the World Cup were not treated equally by the ICC and they should have waited for six months before taking this decision," Saeed told reporters.

The ICC had cast serious doubts over Pakistan''s chances of hosting World Cup matches after last month''s terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team, which left seven players and their assistant coach injured and eight policemen dead.