PCB chief offers to host 2019 World Cup qualifiers despite ICC suspension

Islamabad, Apr 19 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Mohammad Zaka Ashraf has said that he had requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to host qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup despite a four-year suspension of international cricket in the country over security fears.

Foreign teams have shunned tours to the troubled country over security fears, forcing the ICC to shift Pakistan's share of matches for the World Cup in 2011, the Daily Times reports.

Ashraf further said he had offered to host the qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup, to be held in Pakistan, so that foreign cricket bodies and the ICC can evaluate the security situation in the country.

Ashraf also claimed that the ICC had given a commitment to assess the security situation when the time comes and will decide accordingly.

According to the report, although Pakistan had managed to host an International World XI last year comprising mostly of retired players from Sri Lanka, South Africa and the West Indies, but the short series failed to restore the confidence of international teams.

Pakistan has not staged any top-level cricket since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009, killing eight people and wounding seven visiting players, the report added. (ANI)

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