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August 27, 2009

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David Morgan and Ijaz Butt (background) at a meeting between the ICC and PCB, Dubai, August 27, 2009
David Morgan, the ICC president, and Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, arrived at an agreement during a meeting in Dubai © Associated Press
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The ICC and the PCB have resolved their dispute over the staging of the 2011 World Cup. The PCB, which was stripped of its rights to host the tournament in the aftermath of the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, will retain its host fees of US$10.5 million and also receive a payment as additional compensation for the loss of hosting rights. The two parties reached an agreement during a meeting between the ICC president David Morgan and the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt in Dubai. It is expected that the settlement will be signed later today, at which point the PCB will withdraw its legal proceedings against the ICC.

However, Butt told AFP that the PCB was aiming to include a clause in the agreement which would allow Pakistan to host some of the World Cup matches depending on the teams' approval. "We have also demanded to include a clause in (Thursday's) agreement that if the security situation improves in Pakistan, some of the World Cup matches be played in Pakistan subject to teams' acceptance," he said.

It was also agreed that the PCB would be free of its liabilities and obligations associated with hosting matches during the tournament, including the location of the tournament secretariat which had originally been set for Lahore.

"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, " Morgan said after the agreement was reached. "I am glad we were able to come to an amicable agreement and I believe this is a fair resolution for the PCB and the ICC."

He added that international cricket would return to Pakistan once the ICC deemed the security situation in the country was fit for teams to tour. "When the position in Pakistan, from a safety and security point of view, becomes satisfactory to the ICC and its specialist security advisors as well as to visiting teams, then international cricket will return to Pakistan," he said.

Butt, who had strongly opposed the ICC's decision to move matches out of Pakistan, welcomed the breakthrough. "The PCB is content with the settlement that has been reached," he said. "We are able to see this dispute from the other side. We realise also the logistical and administrative difficulties that would be associated with organising our matches in the other three co-host countries.

"Our number-one priority is that cricket in Pakistan must not be allowed to suffer unduly and I believe this agreement is the best possible outcome for the game," he said.

The PCB had reacted sternly over its loss of hosting rights for the tournament and had issued a legal notice to the ICC in May, calling the decision "discriminatory" and "legally flawed".

Six Sri Lankan cricketers were hurt in the attack on their team in March when they were touring for a two-Test series; other countries, prior to the tour, had refused to visit citing concerns over the volatile security situation in Pakistan. The PCB had also filed a case in the Lahore court against the ICC's decision to move the headquarters of the 2011 World Cup (the World Cup secretariat) from Lahore to Mumbai.

In June, the ICC ruled out the possibility of Pakistan's matches being hosted at neutral venues, including the UAE. It confirmed the decision to allocate Pakistan's share of the matches to the three other co-hosts, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The row showed signs of abating when, earlier this month, the PCB said it was looking for an out-of-court settlement to resolve the matter and added it was entitled to a substantial compensation for its share of matches being taken away.

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Comments: 19 
Posted by nodeax on (August 28, 2009, 17:42 GMT)

Wow... I'm amazed by most of the posts by people here... just happy to sit back and accept whatever money is thrown at them...

Posted by wanderer1 on (August 28, 2009, 16:35 GMT)

The hatred that Pakistan receives has nothing to do with the cricket. People are angry that Pakistan still exists as a nation and people, and cricket is still thriving in the country. They are angry that Pakistan is receiving any compensation at all. When you are not accepted as insiders or as one of them, the ones on the inside become resentful that you can still stand up for yourselves.

In life though as you sow, so shall you reap, the world is beginning to see the fruits of its labour.

Posted by TheRealRockNRolla on (August 28, 2009, 16:35 GMT)

It is so appalling that even after IPL matches were shifted from India elsewhere on similar security concerns - india still retains hosting rights - and the situation in Bangladesh and srilanka isnt great either. these are double standards. I say the World Cup should be switched to Australia and New Zealand to satisfy all parties.

Posted by hobaid on (August 28, 2009, 11:51 GMT)

Oh how easy it is for a foreigner to sit back, watch the devastating situation in Pakistan, bash the government, blame the people and constantly echo the incompetence that has obviously engulfed the lives of the citizens living there. This dispute has been settled in the most fair way possible, while i do not agree with all the policies of Mr. Butt, PCB do deserve the right to more compensation over and above that of their hosting rights fee. The amount of people, income and other forms of revenue that is earned while having the privilege to host a world cup should not be forgotten. it has been years since Pakistan was given the opportunity, you cannot blame the government and especially cannot believe that it is right in anyway to deprive a war torn cricket desperate nation for the terrorist attacks; this was an unfortunate event, not anyone;s fault! Pakistan should be allowed to put in the clause whereby if the situation changes by 2011 they may be allowed to host the matches.

Posted by mohsee on (August 28, 2009, 10:13 GMT)

well, iam a staunch supporter of pak cricket ...and "vanbas", i ask u ... wat wud u do as a cric fan if god forbid, something similar was to happen with ur country/+ cric of ur country. Iam not saying that u r wrong by any means. everything u said is very logical as a neutral fan of cricket. but try to understand that we, as pak cric fan lovers, simply cant see this happening to our cricket. there is only so much we can do for this political turmoil in the country. If we cud, we'd wipe the bad guys away, but trust me, we guys behind the computer screens can't do much. We end up tapping puter keys n ventilate ourselves.U aint in this situation, so u dnt know. its always easier to add salt to anyone's injuries, but harder to put urself in others shoes. @ ayazali . dear ayaz ... plz dont forget that srilanka was the team which came to play in our country when other teams were denying ...so plz respect them. i am not sure abt the other situations u r talking abt, they might b true.

Posted by DocBindra on (August 28, 2009, 6:38 GMT)

What a joke...its ridiculous that Pakistan is getting rewarded for being the unsafest cricketing host possible. I realize that its not the PCB's fault. Its one thing to return the hosting fees, which seems fair, but why are they getting money on top of that? Pakistan promised the Sri Lankan team their safety and didn't deliver so why would any nation want to play in Pakistan right now? Only a delusional mind like Butt, actually thinks that anyone will set foot in Pak.

Posted by MOHAMMAD-AHMAD on (August 28, 2009, 6:21 GMT)

Its nice for the game of cricket.Now Pakistan team have to prove in game like T20

Posted by venbas on (August 28, 2009, 5:15 GMT)

I am not able to understand why Pakistan be paid for failing to provide an environment conducive to cricket. It is one thing having an some unrest or isolated terrorist incidents(even London had to endure their Tube explosion nightmares). But it is entirely a different thing for a systematic failure and corrupt security infrastructure that allowed a high profile visit of the Srilankan Cricket Team to be marred by a audacious Terrorist attack. It was ridiculous that none of the Terrorists were caught and managed a free getaway. But for the presence of mind of their Bus driver, the srilankan team would have been wiped away. For their failures the PCB should instead have been asked to pay collateral damages to the Srilankan team and other deserving nations that can make better use of the FREE MONEY that PCB is getting.

Posted by TahirMalik on (August 28, 2009, 5:05 GMT)

As a pakistani cricket fan, this certainly is a bad news. However, if looked from a neutral perspective, there was no other alternative. Unfortunately, there are some serious security concerns for International Cricket in Pakistan. At present, it seemed out of question that any International Cricket team will visit Pakistan. I am of the view that instead of crying over the spilt milk, Pakistani cricket officials and govt authorities should take steps on warfooting basis, not only for improvement of the security and law n order situation in the country but also PCB needs to increase his contacts and liasoning with the International Cricket playing nations and ICC. The need of the hour is that Pakistan should strengthen his playing XI and play more Cricket with other countries and for all that, PCB officials and Pakistani players have to be honest with their duties. I can only pray for the return of International Cricket in Pakistan and I am sure, it will.

Posted by hamadhussain on (August 28, 2009, 4:51 GMT)

I believe this is the best PCB can do at this point of time. We have to understand that no international team is willing to travel to Pakistan and the decision is really a need of the hour. Although it is very disappointing that there would be no world cup matches in Pakistan but the fact of the matter is security situation is not in Pakistan even for the Pakistanis. So can you expect the international team to visit here in Pakistan. PCB should also ask for some more compensation on account of advertising & marketing as PCB would have expected huge amount in these accounts if the world cup played here in Pakistan. On the whole, i will congratulate to PCB for scoring some free cash as said by the Shriman.

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