PCB to put World Cup preparations on fast-forward mode

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Karachi, Feb.20 (ANI): As the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that there would not be any shift in the venue of 2011 Cricket World Cup, Cricket authorities in Pakistan have decided to put their long-delayed preparations for the event on fast-forward mode.

"The preparations will move forward on the fast track soon," The News quoted, PCB's Chief Operating Officer (COO), Saleem Altaf, as saying.

Altaf informed that a senior Karachi-based banker, Salman Sarwar Butt has been appointed as the managing director for the 2011 World Cup.

He said that matches scheduled for Rawalpindi may be moved to Multan or Hyderabad, but the final decision regarding the issue will be taken later.

"There are a few issues about Rawalpindi and we may opt to take away matches from there to either Multan or Hyderabad," Altaf said.

Multan is a regular Test and one-day international venue, while Hyderabad has not hosted any international matches for a long now. It also lacks hotel facilities up to international requirements. (ANI)

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