Pakistan offers to host 2019 World Cup qualifiers

Ashraf claimed the ICC had given a commitment to assess the security situation when the time comes and "will decide accordingly". Ashraf's efforts to revive international cricket in Pakistan have been so far futile. Lowly ranked Bangladesh twice refused to tour over security fears last year, after initially agreeing for a short limited over series.

updated: April 19, 2013 18:05 IST
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Lahore: Pakistan's cricket chief said Thursday he had offered to host qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup despite a four-year suspension of international cricket in the country over security fears.

Pakistan has not staged any top-level cricket since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009, killing eight people and wounding seven visiting players.

Foreign teams have shunned tours to the troubled country over security fears, forcing the International Cricket Council (ICC) to shift Pakistan's share of matches for the World Cup in 2011.

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