Mar 03, 2009 at 07:10pm IST

2011 WC in jeopardy after Lahore attack

New Delhi: A shocked cricket world has condemned the attack on the Sri Lankan players on Tuesday in Lahore.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the co-hosts of the 2011 World Cup has admitted that convincing teams to travel to the troubled regions in the sub-continent for the tournament would now be almost impossible.

"On the face of this attack I don't think any country would like to go and play in Pakistan. So the ICC will have to reconsider the decision to play matches in Pakistan. I don't think that as far as India and Sri Lanka are concerned there would be any problem for the foreign team to come because the situation in Pakistan is quite different than in India and Sri Lanka. The security measures in India and Sri Lanka are much better than Pakistan," said BCCI President Shashank Manohar.

International Cricket Council (ICC) President-elect Sharad Pawar, who would be at the helm during the 2011 World Cup to be staged by Asian nations, said that some teams would not like to be part of the World Cup after the attack.

"I am afraid about the impact of this incident on the 2011 World Cup that we are organising. The impact will not be good as the cricket playing countries would not want to be a part of it," said Pawar.

International teams have been avoiding the troubled country for long and Tuesday's attack could well mean no cricket in Pakistan for a long time to come.

"But now the situation is such that we have to give a thought and it is really shameful what is happening in that country," he said.

The ICC, however, is reluctant to comment on the World Cup, insisting that it is too early to make a statement.

"It is too early to comment on the matter," said an ICC source when asked if Pakistan could lose out on hosting the quadrennial extravaganza, which is to be hosted by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as well.

But an attack of this magnitude is bound to have an impact, said former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah.

"It will have some effect, there is no doubt about it," he said.

"The players are all shocked. This is not acceptable anywhere. We never expect such things in cricket. This is really a very terrible incident," he added.


Former captain Waqar Younis said the dastardly attack, that left six Sri Lankan players injured, would definitely rob Pakistan a chance to host the World Cup.

"I don't see the International Cricket Council (ICC) now allowing the World Cup matches in Pakistan. It's gone. It's a big tragedy something like this should have never happened," Waqar said.

"It is going to be very difficult for us to now convince teams that they can play the World Cup in Pakistan safely," said another worried former captain Javed Miandad.

The Lankan players were on their way to the stadium to play the third day of the second Test when they were ambushed by terrorists, who opened fire, killing five security staff.

Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, captain Mahela Jayawardene and Chaminda Vaas were among those who incurred injuries.

Retired pacer Sarfraz Nawaz said no team would want to tour Pakistan again.

"No team will even think to come to play in Pakistan after this attack and injuries to their cricketers. I am also fearing that other countries will be reluctant to even invite Pakistan for home series in fear that may open door for such terrorists to come to their country," he said.

"In a situation when no cricket team was ready to come to Pakistan, the Sri Lanka team was promised foolproof security of VVIP level and that promise was not kept," he added.

(With inputs from PTI)