Pakistan seeks clarification over World Cup invite

LAHORE: Pakistan has sought clarification over an invitation to attend a World Cup 2011 organising committee meeting as it continues a legal challenge to being stripped of matches.

The Central Organising Committee (COC) of the World Cup 2011 meets in Mumbai on Tuesday to decide the fate of Pakistan's share of 14 matches which were moved out of the troubled country over security fears.

"The (COC) invitation has raised certain legal issues in our mind for which we have sought clarifications from the COC and once they are addressed a decision will be taken whether to attend the meeting or not," Pakistan Cricket Board legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi told AFP.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) stripped Pakistan of the fixtures in April following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore a month earlier, leaving India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as the remaining co-hosts.

The attacks, which left seven players and their assistant coach injured and eight people dead, ended any chance of Pakistan hosting international cricket with teams already refusing to tour over security fears.

The PCB initiated legal proceedings against the move and the relocation of the World Cup secretariat from Lahore to Mumbai.

A civil court in Lahore gave a stay order against the relocation of the secretariat and the PCB put its proceedings on hold in an effort to solve the issue through talks between the four host countries and the ICC.

But a summit in England last month failed to resolve the issue and local media reported the PCB was reluctant to attend the COC meeting as it re-started its legal case.

The ICC has ruled out the possibility of matches being staged in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan has previously played 'home' international matches.