Pak Punjab governor asks PCB to boycott 2011 World Cup matches in India

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Lahore, Aug.15 (ANI): The Governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, Salman Taseer, has urged President Asif Ali Zardari to ask the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to boycott its matches scheduled to be held in India.

Taseer, in his letter to Zardari, has said that the PCB should ask the International Cricket Council (ICC) to host its World Cup matches in Dubai rather than in India.

"Taseer has suggested that the President ask the board to tell the ICC that it must allow Pakistan to play its matches of the World Cup in Dubai where it would be easier for Pakistani people to travel and gets visas," a PCB official said.

It may be recalled that PCB chief Ijaz Butt had blamed the Punjab government for the terror strike on the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team in March following which the ICC decided to shift the mega cricketing event from the country.

Butt said if Pakistan was to play in India, it would have to seek government's approval which may disrupt the quadrennial event.

"If we don't get clearance from our government to play in India then Pakistan might have to pull out of the World Cup disrupting it badly," The Nation quoted Butt, as saying. (ANI)

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