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ICC rejects Pakistan Cricket Board’s legal claims over hosting of WC matches Team

(15 May 2009 4:30 pm)


MUMBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected the legal claims initiated last week by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) concerning the hosting of matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup (ICC CWC) 2011.

The response sought to clarify factual inaccuracies and misunderstandings in the PCB’s claim.

In particular, it confirmed the ICC Board had not decided to remove the PCB as a joint host of the event, but only that the matches assigned to the PCB should be played outside Pakistan.

Commenting on the response, ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said, “We are naturally disappointed that the PCB has chosen to pursue its grievance with the ICC through legal channels but, having received correspondence from its lawyers, we have now responded."

Lorgat elaborated, “The ICC Cricket World Cup is our flagship event. It generates the majority of ICC event income for our great sport and without that income many of those Members would struggle to operate or grow the game in the way they are currently able to.

“Given that fact, we need to deliver a tournament that is safe, secure and, above all, successful and it was on that basis that the decision was taken that matches could not be played in Pakistan.

“We hope that the PCB will reflect on this matter, withdraw its spurious claims and, as a responsible Full Member, engage with us in an appropriate manner."

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