Attack threatens Pakistan World Cup

LONDON - Pakistan cannot host international cricket unless it dramatically improves security, the head of the International Cricket Council said after Lahore attacks.

LONDON - Pakistan cannot host international cricket unless it dramatically improves security, the head of the International Cricket Council said after Lahore attacks.

"In the current situation it clearly is a very dangerous place," David Morgan told BBC television yesterday after the deadly attacks on Sri Lanka's cricket team in the Pakistani city.

Asked about plans for the World Cup, due to be played in four Indian subcontinent countries in 2011, Morgan said: "Things will have to change dramatically in Pakistan if any of the games are to be staged there.

"International cricket in Pakistan is out of the question until there is a very significant change, a regime change I guess," he added.

An ICC spokesman said he assumed Morgan was referring to a call by Pakistani senators this week for the Pakistani cricket board to be sacked.

Eight people died when the Sri Lankan cricket team's convoy was attacked by masked gunmen as they travelled to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Seven team members were injured.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's high commissioner to Britain Wajid Hasan told Sky News it was too early to talk of the end of international cricket in his country.

"I wouldn't rush to that conclusion," he said. - Sapa-AFP

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