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Butt vows to continue fighting for 2011 World Cup hosting rights

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Lahore, July 16 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt has said he will continue to fight for Pakistan's right to host the 2011 World Cup.

Butt said he would meet International Cricket Council (ICC) president David Morgan in Dubai later this month and discuss the issue of Pakistan being denied hosting rights of the quadrennial event.

Commenting on the PCB's absence from the World Cup 2011 Central Organising Committee (COC) meeting, Butt rejected the allegation that Pakistan had boycotted the meeting.

"We did not boycott the meeting. But since it is a legal matter I do not want to make any comment on that, but I can tell you that we are still trying to solve the matter through talks," The News quoted Butt, as saying.

The COC has redistributed games that were to be played in Pakistan to India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The COC awarded eight matches to India, four to Sri Lanka and two to Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, irked by Pakistan's absence, the COC has removed Butt from the committee.

Butt has been replaced by Mahbubul Alam of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, July 16, 2009, 16:14 [IST]
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