Pakistan, ICC resolve Cup dispute

Published: Friday | August 28, 2009

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):

Cricket's world governing body, the ICC, has reached an agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over a dispute that threatened to mar the staging of the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

The PCB were upset after the ICC Board ruled in April that Pakistan would no longer be allowed to host the 14 matches initially allocated to them, because of the internal security situation in the country.

Irate Pakistan cricket authorities criticised the ICC's decision and took legal action against the governing body, claiming the move to strip the country of CWC matches was "legally flawed" and "discriminatory".

Reached a settlement

But the ICC announced yesterday the two parties had reached a settlement following a meeting between ICC president, David Morgan, and Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Ijaz Butt.

"This resolution is good for world cricket and provides an improved platform for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, as we now have a degree of certainty surrounding the event that was not there while the dispute was ongoing," said Morgan.