Pawar: No Threat To 2011 World Cup
While the Mumbai attacks have thrown India’s right to the 2011 World Cup in serious doubts, former BCCI president Sharad Pawar has dismissed speculation that the tournament was under threat.
Speaking with a private news-channel, Pawar said, “There is still some time for that and I am confident our government will take corrective actions.”
Pawar, who is also the Union Agriculture Minister in the Indian government, said, following the Mumbai attacks, the security measures would become even tougher so that no such incidents get repeated.
“In the near future, you will see a totally different situation where all precautionary measures are taken and nobody will dare to show this kind of courage here,” said Pawar.
The NCP leader from Maharashtra is all set to take over as the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2010.
The Indian team was awaiting a security report of its team’s tour to Pakistan but the Mumbai attacks have put the bilateral ties between the two countries in the cold and the doubts have certainly raised on the tour next year.
India will jointly host the 2011 World Cup with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. It may be recalled that the Indian sub-continent has successfully hosted two World Cups in 1987 and 1996.