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PCB issues legal notice to ICC for World Cup exclusion

Osman Samiuddin

May 9, 2009

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Ijaz Butt issues a legal notice to the ICC, Lahore, May 9, 2009
Ijaz Butt, chairman of the PCB, has said that the ICC's decision to strip Pakistan of its rights to host the 2011 World Cup was "legally flawed...unfair, and discriminatory." © Associated Press
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In the first official response to the ICC's decision to exclude Pakistan from hosting the 2011 World Cup, the Pakistan board has issued a legal notice to cricket's governing body, calling the decision to do so discriminatory and "legally flawed."

The ICC decided at a recent board meeting in Dubai to take away Pakistan's share, as one of four co-hosts, of the World Cup matches. The move came after terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team during their February-March tour, which was itself the first major bilateral contest in Pakistan since October 2007. A number of teams since then had refused to visit in the wake of an unsettled and increasingly violent domestic backdrop. The meeting also said that international cricket was unlikely to return to Pakistan till 2011.

Ijaz Butt, chairman of PCB, had hitherto maintained a stony silence on the decision, to the ire of much of the population here. But at a press conference at the board's HQ in Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium, flanked by senior officials and legal advisors, he said that the manner in which the ICC decision was taken was "legally flawed...unfair and discriminatory" and that Pakistan intended to fight for its right as co-host.

The notice has been sent through its legal advisors Mark Gay, of DLA Piper, and Tafazzul Rizvi, the PCB's legal consultant. "We are most concerned about the manner in which the ICC took this decision," Butt said. "There was no notice prior to the meeting that a decision of this nature would be taken. There was no proper security assessment of Pakistan nor of the other Co-Hosts of the 2011 Tournament. We believe that more could and should have been done to review the actual situation to deal with the matter on a non-discriminatory basis. We will push for the matter to be expedited."

In particular, Pakistan's gripe, Butt clarified, was that the status of the 2011 World Cup was not on the original agenda of the ICC Board meeting on April 17 and 18 (when the decision was made). The implication is that Pakistan wasn't given a fair opportunity to defend its case as a co-host.

"This issue was not on the agenda," Butt said. "There was a discussion of the Sri Lankan attacks on the agenda and this topic came up. They never gave us notice and it was not on the agenda. We want to revoke the decision full stop."

Butt repeatedly pointed to what he claimed were also uncertain security environments in the other co-hosts - India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - and said that provisions are in place for such decisions to be taken as late as 18 months before an ICC event, something that would have given the board time to prepare a security plan and for inspections to be carried out. It is the absence of this process, more than anything else, which has seemingly spurred the PCB's move to send a legal notice.

The legal notice has been sent to the ICC president David Morgan and under the ICC's constitution, the PCB is asking for the matter to be referred to the disputes resolution committee. "The matter has been submitted to the president of the ICC's dispute resolution committee. He can either refer the matter to the dispute resolution committee which is made up of ICC's officials or to the independent arbitration before the court of arbitration sport court. The PCB prefer impartial arbitration in the interest of justice, equity and fairplay."

If the disputes resolution committee fails to come up with a satisfactory solution, the option to take the case further remains. "There are two options with the disputes resolution committee," Salim Altaf, the board's chief operating officer, told Cricinfo. "Normally all disputes are resolved there. But if there is no satisfactory resolution, then the case can be sent to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), in Lausanne, Switzerland."

Ratification of the ICC's decision was expected to take place at the annual board meeting in June, though now that no longer seems a foregone conclusion.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by old_iron on (May 11, 2009, 17:51 GMT)

Once again PCB attempt to control world cricket. After a massive failing in security, right up there with the Munich Olympics, they expect to somehow drag the rest of the sub-continent into the affair and have them lose the world cup too. They've had weeks to think this up, is this the best they can do?

Posted by wiiCricket on (May 11, 2009, 16:25 GMT)

Well, whats the harm in trying to fight the case? Whether you loose it or win it, you can satisfy the people of pakistan that we fought for you. Many people are saying players are not willing to play. Well, if you go back in history and look at the world cup in 2003, Australia, New Zealand, England, and even South Africa was not willing to play in Zimbabwe. But the hosting rights were not stripped off but instead points were allotted to Zimbabwe since those teams didn't play. But here this goes more than those teams now there are more teams to say NO. The security is not as bad as you see in media but the incident with SL team made it look aweful. I am sure security situation in pakistan is as bad as in SL and Bangla but the support from Asian bloc didn't come to rescue. ONLY the incident with SL team should not be the decisive factor. I assume the decision both from ICC and PCB is in a haste. PCB has every right to fight legally for hosting rights. Cricket is now all about $$ MONEY $$

Posted by farrukh4u82 on (May 11, 2009, 15:45 GMT)

It is necessary to host World Cup 2011 in Pakistan also because Cricket will promote in this area other wise Pakistan go back in this big sports, Money is not the issue for this because every one know life is more important for every thing and Pakistan can do every thing this time. but ICC should give chance to Pakistan before World Cup 2011 to arrange some other tournament if ICC will satisfied then announce schedule finally.

Posted by Iqqi on (May 11, 2009, 13:01 GMT)

Mr Butt is certainly right about fighting against the ICC's decision. what mostly surprises me is he refers to lack of security in India, Bangladesh and Srilanka as a scapegoat. People in teh ICC responsible for taking this decision is just worried that Pakistan has failed to provide security to an internation cricket team on their tour....what a shame as Butt should instead be fighting with his government as why the security for the Srilankan Cricket team was not enhanced for their safey. ICC has taken the right decision to ban Pakistan to host world cup matches and shame them worldwide. Some might argue that terrorist activities took place in India during a series as well.but the point tehy are missing out is that it did not concern the touring English Cricketers. They were given full proof security. Pakistan can also learn a lesson from their neighbour Bangladesh, who cancelled Pakistan tour of Bangladesh as they were not able to provide appropriate security.Learn from your mistakes

Posted by Ulio on (May 11, 2009, 12:10 GMT)

It is sad to hear people saying things about India and Sri Lanka, when no other country was willing to visit Pakistan, Sri Lankan team moved forward in the spirit of game and came to Pakistan. The whole team almost got killed and this is what they are getting now. Instead of showing some gratitude to Sri Lankans people here are leaving meaningless comments. People who think matches should move to Dubai, the problem is that PCB will gain nothing from those venues. But PCB has gone to the wrong path here, I doubt any Asian Country will support Pakistan in the future. Remember how sub-con stand along Pakistan for Champions Trophy. Further nobody is reading Newspaper here, it is just the reality that no CRICKET TEAM wants to visit Pakistan. I doubt PCB will win this case and I am sure they will have sad years to come after. Current PCB is really a team of kids that want money and are blind to reality.

Posted by A_cricketlover_from_Pakistan on (May 11, 2009, 11:54 GMT)

Good step by PCB.... ICC always act under presure of India lobby, thats the reason they took this unilateral decision. I am sure Pakistan has a very strong case to get back the matches... otherwise 2011 should be alloted to Australia and NZ

Posted by harry1466 on (May 11, 2009, 11:13 GMT)

There is huge differnce between security conditions in a country and ability to provide security.PCB dig its grave when terrorists were allowed to attack international players.Hoping that SLC sues PCB for providing presidential security without bullet proof bus.

Posted by mrgupta on (May 11, 2009, 10:31 GMT)

I just read one comment where it says "if not Pakistan then no one else in Asia either, you are right and so it should be". R u sure mate that after this any Asian country will be willing to support Pakistan on any cricketing matter from here on? If Pakistan think that by doing this they can postpone the WC to 2015 in Asia then that's a sad and childish mistake, because if it does then either Pakistan will be hosting the WC all alone or will not be hosting at all as none of their neighbours will be supporting them after what they r trying to do right now. Pakistan if willing, should get ready to host WC all alone and also start convincing Cricketing teams to travel to them for that WC...

Posted by robheinen on (May 11, 2009, 10:23 GMT)

Has anyone of the commentators in favour of staging the world cup in Pakistan ever repeatedly been fired at? Try it, maybe you like it!

Posted by cabbo on (May 11, 2009, 9:50 GMT)

I really feel it was a great move by the PCB, but i still doubt the decision will go in our favour. At least we will not go down without a fight.I think one of the reasons for alot of the decisions going against us or being made quickly is becasue the CEO of the ICC is an Indian Mr Lorgat. I dont understand why cricket can carry on in India after those terrorist attacks but whereas in Pakistan its the compelete opposite. I think there is alot of hypocrasy on the part of the ICC. I dont think Paksitan should mention Sri Lanka's name in this as they were the only country to tour us. I think the matches which were schuduled to be played in Paksitan should be moved to Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi.

Posted by A.S.Judge on (May 11, 2009, 9:48 GMT)

just to comment on 'chakay-pay-chaka', the security flaws in Pakistan are much greater than they are in India, i agree there are concerns regarding Sri Lanka and Bangladesh but still not to the scale as in Pakistan. As far as the security in India goes, cricketer's are more than prepared to play, the IPL has only been moved due to elections and in the process, perhaps, preventing a Lahore-Like situation. India openly admitted that due to elections it would not be able to provide ample security, so why can't pakistan, given it's current situation of implosion, wake up and realise that no cricketer is willing to play in Pakistan. i personally think that pakistan should get it's priorites staright; and focus on it's domestic problem before focusing on cricket: civillan lives hold more value than revenue generated from sporting events!!!!

Posted by RahulKhanna on (May 11, 2009, 9:39 GMT)

I would say Bangalorekid has put it more aptly. By beating about the bush or by accusing other neighbouring countries of similar security problems Pakistan aint achieve anything. They are only distancing themselves from their friends. These friends stood by Pak for Champions Trophy when whole world was against them!! What a way to pay your gratitude. Moreover Miandad and co. are forgetting one thing. Even if India, SL and B'desh manage to lose out this time then why they would opt for Pakistan as co-host next time? They will also lose all support for bilateral series from at least India and SL. Moreover they will also lose the sympathy of other countries also. You can never be in peace when you have had a tiff with your boss and Pakistan is just treading that dangerous path.

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (May 11, 2009, 9:15 GMT)

Unfortunately ICC has no mind or power of its own, ICC follows the orders of its biggest financial benefactor, so dont blame ICC. Unfortunately "Asian neighbors" have forgotten the lessons of history, they have forgotten about their losses agaist the old mastery of "Divide and Rule", what has befallen on Pakistan today may well grip another "Asian neighbor" tomorrow.

Posted by Maciej on (May 11, 2009, 8:49 GMT)

The security situation is worse compared to other countries and hope PCB can understand this and stop cribbing. They have been occupied by Taliban in SWAT valley.A neighboring country radicals from Afghanistan has occupied their country and people instead of fighting for independence of your country are fighting for a Cricket series to run. It clearly shows that they have a grudge on India, Bangladesh and Srilanka for hosting without them.

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (May 11, 2009, 8:45 GMT)

One of the comments above read "favorable support from Asian neighbors", if that was true, WC 2011 hosting would not have been snatched from Pakistan in such a haste. Whenever "Asian neighbors" stuck together they all benefitted, unfortunately some of them have now become so powerful that they feel they no longer need any support from "Asian neighbors".

Posted by AnonymousCricketer on (May 11, 2009, 8:08 GMT)

Nothing is really going to happen as far as we know of PCB influence in the cricketing world. They couldn't even get a decision for the Oval Test reverted in which they had a pretty strong case. Here they have nothing... here the government is declaring to be a unsafe country. What can the PCB do at such situation....... I think they're just completing the necessary paperwork to clear themselves of any blame.

Posted by yohandf on (May 11, 2009, 6:47 GMT)

It s not fair decision to drop Pakistan hosting World Cup 2011 now.ICC should have granted a grace period of 1 year to improve security.This will really demoralize cricket in Pakistan and everybody must help them to overcome challenges.Its also noted some concerned on situation in Sri Lanka but i d like to reveal that situation in SL is improving as threat of terrorism is getting limted.So ICC may better rethink on their decision.

Posted by Cricfan27 on (May 11, 2009, 5:28 GMT)

Whatever may be the result of this legal proceedings, I think Pakistan should be allowed to stage their portion of the World cup matches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Malaysia or in china as a host in neutral venue. And all other subcontinent countries should whole heartedly support this without being selfish by thinking that they will gain more if they get more share of matches. I urge the other subcontinent countries don't leave a friend in lurch when he is in dire need. Pakistan is a nation who can alone fight its war against whole world of injustice. But if we come forward to help Pakistan then in the end friendship will win. Just look at the European nations, how they are unselfishly friend to each other.

Posted by TwitterJitter on (May 11, 2009, 2:40 GMT)

PCB is digging its own grave by accusing its Asian neighbors of lacking security. Good luck getting any favorable support from Asian neighbors on any issue relating to Pakistan in future. They would do well to remember that the debate on Champions Trophy went on till the last minute because the Asian neighbors were supporting it much to the chagrin of other cricket boards. Accusing Sri Lanka of lack of security is especially distasteful considering they were the only board willing to tour Pakistan even though it was not a FTP tour and got attacked as a result. It is someway to show gratitude. These days jealousy, petulance, unprofessionalism seems to be guiding PCB's adhoc stances as they keep digging their own grave and losing whatever sympathy and whoever friends they have at the ICC. If they were imaginative, they would have requested a change of venue to Dubai and held on to the hosting rights. Instead, they are accusing neighbors as being unsafe too. Self-destructing to the core!

Posted by IndiaGoats on (May 11, 2009, 1:24 GMT)

Read the sensible article by Osman at http://content.cricinfo.com/ci/content/current/story/403840.html.

Posted by time_pass on (May 11, 2009, 0:32 GMT)

PCB reaction towards ICC's decision to strip Pak from hosting the 2011 worldcup matches is driven by emotions as are some comments on this article. Let's assume for argument sake that the decision goes in favor of Pakistan, how many teams you think would be visiting Pakistan and if their intentions are to host their share of matches in Abu Dhabi or Dubai then again whats the point, general Pakistan public would still be missing out on the action and PCB on revenue. Another possibility is that whole subcontinent may loose out on hosting the WC which again will end up hurting Pakistan as they may not get the support from them for hosting it in near future either. It a loose loose sitiuation for Pakistan. So, instead they should take a chill pill and work on figuring out what went wrong in Lahore incident, catch the perpetrators and bring them to justice, improve security sitiuation and start hosting nations and Champions Trophy, may be even conjure support to host T20 WC instead.

Posted by Mehwish on (May 10, 2009, 18:43 GMT)

I fail to fathom why the decision to rule out Pakistan from hosting 2011 World Cup was made in haste? But then, of late ICC has been making decisions in the breath of discrimination especially whenever there'd been the involvement of Pakistan. This is utter disgrace, shame on ICC! At last PCB has taken the right move, indeed.

Posted by Vkarthik on (May 10, 2009, 18:36 GMT)

It is a ridiculous appeal by PCB. They are going to lose big time. But i think they are in it for making some money. I doubt they will even get that.

Posted by ZainIqbal68 on (May 10, 2009, 18:26 GMT)

nice move by PCB... they've spent so much money on stadium and pavilion' reconstruction... Champion's Trophy was taken away from Pakistan but it's just unfair to take hosting world cup from them... i think, Either the ICC compensates for the loss Pakistan has to take by renovating stadiums or maybe shift the matches Pakistan had to host to UAE and Dubai...

Posted by maheedhar on (May 10, 2009, 18:14 GMT)

I keep reading the comments that IPL was not played in India due to security concerns and why PCB is targeted. Ppl should try to understand that IPL is moved because of Democratic elections in India that happen once in 4 years and not due to terrorism. Indians think Elections are more important than cricket. It would have been a safe IPL even if it was played in india. I also read comments saying India had terror attacks like 26/11. I dont want to point fingers at who did it, but there was safe cricket in india even after terror attacks.

Posted by chakay-pay-chaka on (May 10, 2009, 17:50 GMT)

At last! The PCB shows some spine. The only thing is, will they see it through or chicken out again at some stage? For those who say this is just their (PCB's) way of saying "if not Pakistan then no one else in Asia either", you are right and so it should be. The security situation is not a whole lot better in those countries - Sri lanka still fighting a war, Bangladesh fighing an army police mutiny, India with the threat from Kasmiri militants - & this way, everyone gets a chance to host the cup in the future. Pakistan has been singled out for discriminatory practices for a long time. If nothing else, at least it will show that they are not pushovers!

Posted by Noman321 on (May 10, 2009, 17:21 GMT)

if the main issue is security then india is also not up to mark to host world cup in their region. Because the security situation of india is worst than pakistan. and the recent example is that they were not able to host their local event so called ipl in their own country because they were afraid to do so. then how come they could handle a big tournament like worldcup in their country.

Posted by awaistanveer on (May 10, 2009, 17:14 GMT)

I dont know why Einsteins posting here are not getting one thing? PCB is not asking ICC to stage international matches in Pakistan (I am a Pakistani and i know it cant happen in near future), PCB is only complaining about the "LEGALLY FLAWED" procedure that ICC adopted to strip Pakistan off its WC matches. So any Einstein posting here thinking that PCB wants matches to stage in Pakistan should read my post first.

BTW Ijaz Butt should be fired for not providing promised "Presidential Level" security to visiting team.

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (May 10, 2009, 16:58 GMT)

All my Indian friends are missing the whole point,cos sadly they are only interested in the elimination of Pakistan Cricket from the face of the planet. I only want to remind them with respect that circumstances dont always stay the same, neither for an individual nor for a country. Pakistanis are only fighting (mainly against the BCCI and Indians) for their right of being the co host of WC 2011, we may host our share of matches in or outside Pakistan, namely in the brotherly countries of Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Whats wrong with that, that is our ligitimate right, is it not?

Posted by Adam-CA on (May 10, 2009, 16:42 GMT)

I can understand the security concern and is a valid concern; however, ICC could have moved the location but they cannot take away the rights from PCB. The fact is that this was not on ICC agenda for discussion. This is injustice and discriminatory, and is only done to harm PCB.

I am happy that PCB has taken the step.

Adam USA

Posted by aapu on (May 10, 2009, 15:51 GMT)

If they are so good then y ther were not able to provide security to Srilanka,those players were almost dying but only god save them.Not pakistan security

Posted by aapu on (May 10, 2009, 15:50 GMT)

ICC has done right by eliminating Pakistan,No country wants to play cricket under terror-ht country.Life is important to everyone,neither to play cricket in country like pakistan.

Posted by Happydummy on (May 10, 2009, 15:07 GMT)

What is the PCB doing here? Have they forgotten about the attack on the Sri Lankan team? That's clearly the reason why they've been left out. They're not being picked on for bad reasons. No other country has let that happen. If the PCB places legal action on the ICC, I'm going to assume that the ICC will respond even harsher. There is no complaint present here. Fairness and equality? Do you really want your cricket idols dead during the next world cup? Because that's what almost happened to the Sri Lankan team. Having the World Cup in Pakistan isn't fair to the players' security.

Posted by Subra on (May 10, 2009, 15:06 GMT)

Reading between the lines Mr Butt and PCB seem to be saying that if Pakistan cannot host the matches, none of the neighbours should. The examples quoted are the same time and time again. Someone once said that if you keep repeating a lie long enough, people will start believing it as true.

To use a technicality and to threaten the ICC that if they are not satisfied the PCB will go to court is not cricket. If the PCB carries on along these lines they will lose any goodwill and sympathy. After all the Pakistan Security forces could not save Benazir Bhutto. It was the courage of the bus driver that saved the S Lankan cricketers who were promised the highest level security.

Posted by Creper12 on (May 10, 2009, 14:56 GMT)

May be PCB can give all its matches to sri lanka and try to repay for the problem we caused them.

Posted by Super_KID on (May 10, 2009, 14:50 GMT)

I think that ICC have done a wrong decision ,Instead of pulling out from Pakistan they could have shifted the whole World Cup to Australia or some other suitable venue.

I don't think that Pakistan's conditions are worse than any other county hosting the World Cup ,India had their share of terrorism in Mumbai attacks ,Srilanka is having trouble with tamil tigers and Bangladesh has its own problems.

So ICC could have shifted the whole World Cup and these countries could host World Cup in 2015 when their situation could be much better.

Posted by Ulio on (May 10, 2009, 14:42 GMT)

@foreverurs268 very well said, Butt is not fighting for Cricket in Pakistan he knows nobody will visit Pakistan in current situation. He is hurt that he will not earn the amount of money he was going to rake during the WC. But I think they are just wasting time precious time. Cricket will not happen in Pakistan for some time to come. Nobody is willing to tour Pakistan. How come posters/PCB still thinks that players will visit? ICC cannot force other country boards or players to visit an unsafe country.

Posted by Saim93 on (May 10, 2009, 14:37 GMT)

I hope the world cup returns to pakistan coz it is saddening to see pakistan people to be deprived of this extravaganza.....or they should just move the whole tournament to australia and new zealand and let asia host in 2015 when conditions will hopefully be better

Posted by niket612 on (May 10, 2009, 14:34 GMT)

ha ha, they must have protected srilankan team instead of doing all these nonsence, srilankan team is visiting pakistan when no other country is willing to go thare:: they have been promised president type security== so in even in president type security terrorist can attack then nobody will go there. after terrorist attack in mumbai, india was also under scanner but the type of security thay gave to England team- it was great, and moving IPL was a great decision too, i mean security is the main issue: if u cant provide security no matter what is the reason- you should keep quite.

Posted by kharkov on (May 10, 2009, 13:29 GMT)

Well wrote by baltimore-cricket

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (May 10, 2009, 12:58 GMT)

I am very happy that PCB finally have shown some guts, this must have come as a shock to those who are waiting to write the obitury of Pakistan cricket. If Pakistan is too dangerous to play Cricket, at least Pakistan should have been given a chance to chose alternative venues of its own liking, what ICC did (under the pressure of its Paymaster) was simply humiliating to say the least. A lot of us support Zaher Abbas when he calls for the boycott of WC by Pakistan, nothing is above national honour.

Posted by Ab3154 on (May 10, 2009, 12:41 GMT)

ICC should have waited till the opening cermonies. Last minute cancellation would have surprised everyone, including terrorists. This was a great chance to fail terrorist's strategy and provide them a shock of their life time.

Posted by Omair24 on (May 10, 2009, 12:20 GMT)

Its a wrong decision by ICC and they have to retreat.

Posted by Gohar73 on (May 10, 2009, 11:42 GMT)

PCB did it right! Excellent. Wondring, why only Pakistan is being targetet? IPL is not playing in India not even tenis tournament that has been cancelled. Here you can see that ICC just doing a propaganda against only Pakistan! Maybe My this post too will not appear here.

Posted by Zaman_2009 on (May 10, 2009, 11:29 GMT)

ICC should isolate PCB and Pakistan cricket now. Legal notice to ICC is like you are challenging world cricket. So, PCB should be taught a lesson for issuing legal notice to world cricket.

Posted by teo. on (May 10, 2009, 11:27 GMT)

Although PCB do have a vague point, they were silly in not seeing it coming, and should realisticly leave the matter alone... they can't possibly believe other nations want to travel there... maybe the issue they have is more based on a loss of financial revenue?? Regardless, the country is in a state of war, and alot needs to be done before anyone even considers going back there.

Posted by TwitterJitter on (May 10, 2009, 10:43 GMT)

KiwiRocker, Do you need some heartburn medication?

Posted by foreverurs268 on (May 10, 2009, 10:25 GMT)

Well i wish we all should take it logically rather than personally or politicaly.The PCB was not successful in providing security to Sri lankan cricketers and had this happened in India, even they would have had to face the same decision.Maybe PCB should also claim the insurance from their government itself for not complying with what was promised.If the governemnt is not capable to provide security how can any event be hosted which needs security.After the Mumbai attack, england played the tests in India under stringent security and therefore India proved themselves that they can stand upto it.Its time pakistan governemnt should follow the same measures WITHOUT FLAWS.As far as IPL is concerned, the country is facing elections, which itself need 10 times the security provided to cricketers.The governement agreed to provide full scale support after elections but Modi had his own ideas.If the country can offer terrorism free elections, they can host any world cup.

Posted by AceofSpades on (May 10, 2009, 10:24 GMT)

Dear All, Iam just calling a spade a spade. Security wise India,Srilanka, Bangladesh are not great either. Pakistan were treated unfairly by ICC true. s far as PCB'S relations to BCCI are concerned...should be on basis of equality and not bullying.Question of BCCI looking out for PCB, ICC INdia pvt. ltd. has shown their sincerety. Complaint on grounds of fairness and equality is just. If Pakistan can safely host the World cup events would need some time to decide.

Posted by maheedhar on (May 10, 2009, 10:14 GMT)

I dont understand why PCB is fighting a case. According to Pak govt, there is a huge problem with terrorism in Pakistan and Pakistan is fighting to solve it. Appreciated. After the attack on SL team most of the teams are not wiling to play in Pakistan. And no court should force them to play. Its not BCCI or ICC that are looking to strip the event from PCB. People from many countries love to see cricket in happening pakistan. If the internal situation dosent change in pakistan in next 12 months, it would be too late to change venues. So its good to plan now. My solution is, if situation improves in pakistan, it should talk to other countries convince them to visit pakistan and then talk to ICC about conducting its share of matches. Isnt this fair?

Posted by heathrf1974 on (May 10, 2009, 9:48 GMT)

The PCB may have an argument. No criteria has been set for security measures to be taken and the World Cup is still 18 months away. Mumbai has had a significant terrorist attack as well and India are allowed to host without question. I'm not saying India shouldn't host, it just seems this decision has been rushed without proper inspection.

Posted by Tauseef36 on (May 10, 2009, 9:44 GMT)

I think Ijaz Butt made a right point. ICC should see every country equally, Inida is also not safe place, Sri Lanka just few days ago hundreds of civillians died and many are injured. Every country must be trying their best to improve the safety I am sure so Pakistan too. If some group of countries think they can push Pakistan out of international cricket or can damadge its image is not possible. Its low very low. Co-Host countries should be fighting with this kind of situation togather and should think together and sit togather to provide more security in their region and to keep cricket world cup in here!!!

Posted by rookie4u on (May 10, 2009, 9:42 GMT)

I think I understand what PCB is trying to say. And somehow deep down I feel that they are absolutely right this time. Yes, things are not going well in Pakistan but so is the same in Sri Lanka, India and even in Bangladesh. Recently, there has been absolute mess in the whole sub-continent and I understand the concerns raised by various international teams regarding it, rightly so. But, I'm really not sure as why the ICC is only barring Pakistanout of this. The PCB is rightly very furious on this and might feel discriminated. This will definately add fire to fuel in relations of the countries of the Sub-Continent. PCB have a good strong case this time and I personaly think that the best way to go forward is to move the venue to Aus-NZ this time (2011) and may be after accessing the situation give it back to the Indian Sub-Continent in 2015. I think ICC should think carefully twice before saying anything.

Posted by Zaheerahmed on (May 10, 2009, 9:42 GMT)

ICC has proved that a right decision taken in haste can become an incorrect decision. They should have reviewed security situation in all the four countries and then given Pakistan the option to play their share of matches in UAE. But due to pressure from India to exclude Pakistan asap they took this decision last month. It is true that under the prevailing situation matches cannot be held in Pakistan. But can Indian Govt. ensure that no Mumbai like attack will happen again in India. Can Sri Lankan Govt. confirm that LTTE issue would be resolved till 2011 and can we be sure that there would be no more mutinty in Bangladesh. We are living in a dangerous and less secure world. We cant held matches on moon. Pakistan has a strong case. If nothing else ICC would have to give a good chunk of the money that it would earn from hosting these event to Pakistan.

Posted by Shinboner on (May 10, 2009, 9:33 GMT)

It is waste of everyone's time even issuing a legal challenge over this. If Pakistan do get reinstated as co-host, which teams will play there? Any national association who does agree to play will struggle to find eleven players willing to risk their lives. Surely this is just a stunt from the PCB to try and save some face

Posted by Sampdoria on (May 10, 2009, 8:59 GMT)

I cannot believe why so many people including posters are living in denial. A significant part of the country is in chaos, other parts are coming to face Iraq like situations, the GDP is scant and the PCB is wasting breath and energy on face saving futile exercises.

Everyone seems to treat the Sri Lankan incident with oblivion since "no one was actually a casualty".

This was the ultimate failings of a government which couldn't and didn't provide presidential style security to "one" team. And they actually think they can provide that to eight teams and more? Very funny.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (May 10, 2009, 8:28 GMT)

This is a classic and I enjoyed that. PCB has a very good case based on the details available. Pakistan has not been treated well and more importantly were not given an opportunity to defend. Attacks in Pakistan as compared to other countries hosting WC are more however fortunately Pakistan had no such brutal attacks as in Mumbai. PCB should do next best thing now and allow all ICL players to play for Pakistan and take legal action against IPL that has become a joke being hosted in South Africa. No one seems to care about IPL and poor Lalit can be seen watching from stands in the rain. ICC has always been toothless however in recent years it has become sub branch of BCCI that appears to be hell bent to make a mediocre Indian team as number on in world. Poor BCCI is trying hard to make Indian team best for years. Kapil dev played 200 test matches for 400 odd hundred wickets and Tendulkar is not far behind! ICC and BCCI, For God sake pll yourself together folks!

Posted by ni3gurav on (May 10, 2009, 7:01 GMT)

Nothing will happen now.. PCB shud hv taken care of Sri Lankan team.. I would say international cricket will never come back to Pakistan.

Posted by K-Shad on (May 10, 2009, 6:10 GMT)

I think PCB is right to raise this issue because they are not comparing just the security isuue with other host countries rather they are protesting the way ICC (which is mainly dominated by BCCI unfortunately) did this decesion in such a rush and well before the event without giving any notice to Pakistan.Not just this they gave the most matches to India who is not even able to conduct their own lucerative IPL games due to heavy security concerns. From just this any one could immagine the discriminative behviour of ICC & powerfull BCCI within it. I would strongly favour the ideas of two graet cricketers of the past ie Imran Khan and Javed Miandad that the 2011 world cup should have been given to Australia and NZ and 2015 WC should have been jointly hosted by these 4 subcontinent countries. I think this decesion will prevent cricket to ruin and put more certainity to present situation

Posted by KP_84 on (May 10, 2009, 5:44 GMT)

Comments made by bloggers below suggesting that Pakistan are no less safe than other South Asian countries are not backed up by facts. Compared to other countries, attacks in Pakistan have been more frequent and it's security forces have been far more stretched. Pakistan is still entitled to a large share of the revenues of the 2011 World Cup despite being stripped of co-hosting rights. Their push to have the event relocated to Australia and New Zealand won't endear them to India, an important ally of the PCB, who have invested heavily in infrastructure to prepare for the event. However, hosting World Cup fixtures from the UAE could be a more realistic option of the PCB.

Posted by Adnan_80 on (May 10, 2009, 5:37 GMT)

If the judgement made without following the procedure, despite the fact it is right or wrong, always come under fire and crticism. Same is a case here. Pakistanis are not very much surprised by the decision but the haste and the way they have expelled Pakistan is a concern which raised the odd eyebrow and raise the questions on the intention of ICC. It is also strongly percepted here that the decision was influenced by BCCI and the ground was already made by BCCI.PCB should fight their case despite the result as it will force ICC to think twice before making any decision against Pakistan.

Posted by esesjay on (May 10, 2009, 4:52 GMT)

Thank You PCB and Ejaz Butt, atleast you have done something. Present your case and do win this for Pakistan.

Posted by Maverick690 on (May 10, 2009, 4:30 GMT)

I think this is the right decision by the PCB to persue suit case against the ICC. No place in this world is safe, let aside the asia. India has crimes, terrorism, bomb blast, attacks on cities, sepration movements, blast in trains, in the past and going on. Crimes against minorities, include muslims, christians etc etc. Srilanka is facing there problems as well and bangladesh is not spare as well. Bottom line is no place is safe.

ICC was totally wrong in there decision to take away the world cup matches the way they did. It was insult to the people of Pakistan. Thoes who don't want to travel to any ICC associate test playing country should be debarred from the international cricket like they do with the ICL.

India is not able to have IPL matches at thier home, how it be safe for the world cup????

Posted by champion01 on (May 10, 2009, 3:35 GMT)

i think other subcontinent cricket board should support pakistan.the points raised in the legalnotice are genuine.the security condition in all 4 nations are not conductive for world cup so better decision would have been to relocate the world cup to any other country. secondly the decision is too early,at least they should have waited for 1 more year.

Posted by Baltimore_Cricket on (May 10, 2009, 3:04 GMT)

Why isn't PCB showing the same passion and commitment to hunt down the terrorists who attacked the SL team in the first place, and bring them to justice? I haven't seen any news about a legal notice served to the government of Pakistan or Punjab about the lapse in Presidential-level security. It is in the best interest of Pakistan to take the higher moral ground over its South Asian neighbors and lend its full support to keep the WC in the sub-continent. Sooner or later Pakistan will need one of these Asian teams to tour Pakistan before any western side takes the risk.

Posted by safa on (May 10, 2009, 2:04 GMT)

well i'd backup pcb for this decision if Pakistan Is not safe place none of the other asian coubtries are safe at the moment, best to is to move the worl cup to Austrailia. New Zeland and let asian countries host 2015 world cup. Otherwise it will kill cricket in sub continent.

Posted by Tahir_Khan on (May 10, 2009, 1:59 GMT)

True the situation in Pakistan is not very conducive to cricket at the moment, but the manner in which world cup was taken away from Pakistan was not right, Pakistan should be given its share from the world cup they ve spent moeny to get the venues ready for the world cup, and if other teams refuse to tour Pakistan then Dubai and Abu Dhabi are there current home and should be allowed to use these venues whcich have world class facilities and much safer then India, B Desh and S lanka, India have itslf sent a wrong signal by shifting IPL to S Africa, is there any guarantee there will be no violence in India or Srilanka in next 18 months, what will you do then, Australia just refused to play tennis in India. My point is if teams refuse to tour Pakistan then they should be allowed to stage their matches in the UAE which is not too far from any of the other venue from the sub continent. It should be Pakistan who should decide where should it host matches or share should go not the ICC.

Posted by MB81 on (May 10, 2009, 1:48 GMT)

There will be a world cup but not in Pakistan i'm thinking of coming to the 2011 sub-continent world cup and i don't want to go to pakistan the security people can't even protect the players!! what hope does a normal tourist coming to see the sights and watch cricket have.

Posted by IndiaGoats on (May 10, 2009, 1:37 GMT)

It looks like folks are more interested in denying the rest of the countries denying right than fighting the rejection of Pakistan as a co-host. It is this precise attitude (if I cannot progress, I won't let others progress) that is causing terror attacks the world over (9/11, 26/11, etc) by the inferior-feeling losers.

Posted by simplyaddo on (May 10, 2009, 1:26 GMT)

Quit comparing Pakistan's security status quo with the rest; no other country had attacks on sportsmen.

Posted by BoomBoomAdnan on (May 9, 2009, 23:56 GMT)

ECB and CA will realize soon enough that the monster they have created in ICC (Indian Controled Council) will come back and eat them alive only then will they relaize what they have done.

Posted by Damageinc on (May 9, 2009, 22:25 GMT)

This is the best decision that PCB has made since it has taken charge of this office, I feel very proud that this is the first time PCB has Stoof up to figh for Pakistan's right and justice. I fully back them on this courageous decision, and they should follow this legal course wholeheartedly.

Hats off to PCB and best of luck.

Posted by DaNyo on (May 9, 2009, 21:59 GMT)

I think that ICC acted very unmaturely way by ruling out Pakistain from the co-hosting rights. They should have assessed the situation few months before the worldcup and then decided upon that. It was way before time and I think they should have given Pakistan cricket board to prove that there wont be any incidents like that in future. PCB also needs to step up their game by providing fool proof security measures. They can use SSG(special services group,commandoes)for that purpose.They need to be very proactive in both arrangement and selection of their cricket team. They should stop dancing on the tunes on both ICC and BCCI and start selecting from the very talented pool of players of Lahore Badshahs.

Posted by Bintfarouk on (May 9, 2009, 20:58 GMT)

I couldnt have said it better 'SIMBA99'. More responsibility needs to be taken as well as attention towards the security and protection of players should be focused on at this time. Getting the political matters is not necessary at this point as the future of Pakistan hosting other teams is in great doubt. I sincerely hope that Pakistan will be able to do so in the future, but the question is 'How soon'?

Posted by Lawyer on (May 9, 2009, 20:52 GMT)

All of you who are against Pakistan's decision to take this matter further should first understand realise that they are not disputing the decision itself they are appealing against the manner it was decided. Although ICC is responsible to ensure safety and security of the teams, it has to follow some rules and regulations set out within its own constitution. Accordingly, if ICC was concerned about the security of players in Pakistan it should have called for a meeting ''solely for security issues in Pakistan'' and should also have sent out a notice to the PCB explaining what was going on. Then if ICC still decided what they have decided then PCB would not have objected, they did not have no room to object. The ICC, however, did not follow its own rules and regulations as Butt puts in "There was a discussion of the Sri Lankan attacks on the agenda and this topic came up. They never gave us notice and it was not on the agenda.'' And in law if the procedure is not followed continues..

Posted by VaLee on (May 9, 2009, 20:50 GMT)

An excellent decision made by PCB! ICC has always discriminated PCB. But PCB always kept quiet. Its another time for PCB to defend. All the best PCB!

Posted by shafny on (May 9, 2009, 20:48 GMT)

this is absolutly a joke. pakistan official should act like an adults what the hell they are thinking. who will go to pakistan to play cricket? and what they have done about attack on sri lankan team? and why no body answered about on that time why pakistan team bus was 5 mins late? ICC should ban pakistan from all their cricket until they are ok with security that will do the justice to zimbabwe.pakistan offials are discraceful gigs.

Posted by ANSO on (May 9, 2009, 20:28 GMT)

First of all i'd like to say that at the moment pakistan is certainly not a safe place to have any sports event, be it cricket or any other sport for that matter. There is a lot happening in the country on the political front. But having said that, india, sri lanka & bangladesh are also not safe by any means to host a cricket world cup. It was a very immature decision to scrap pakistan as a co-host of the world cup keeping in mind that there are still 2 years left for the event to take place. ICC could have waited longer to see if the countries condition stabilizes. Ideally it would have been wise for the ICC to shift the 2011 world cup to australia and new zealand and having the 2015 world cup in Asia. Its extremely unfair to single out pakistan this way when the entire region is not safe for events like this...not just pakistan. Hope ICC realizes its mistake and shift the world cup to australia & new zealand. If a cricket world cup is hosted in asia, pakistan should be hosting it too

Posted by PatrickStriker on (May 9, 2009, 20:25 GMT)

This is a feeble attempt at gaining something financial out of the situation. Reality is that no team would tour Pakistan, regardless of security preparation or no matter how long they had to defend their status as co hosts.

Posted by Cri_FaN on (May 9, 2009, 20:10 GMT)

According to me, PCB is never going to get that tournament. First they made sure of it by legally going after the body of ICC. Second, a person in his right mind won't play cricket at a venue where other sportsmen where attacked. So again if the PCB wins the legal act against ICC (likely impossible), no player or team will be ready to go there and play. If one looks a light thru other side of prism, more often than not they see the light more clearly and in seven different shades. Likewise if PCC sees this problem thru prism they will understand that going after ICC was everything but right way to deal with problem.

Posted by cricpolitics on (May 9, 2009, 19:57 GMT)

By the way the following must be very satisfying for the ICC???

"Recently Australia refused to send its Tennis Team to India for Davis Cup which was due to be held in Chennai, India."

Yet another refrrendum on the Indian security. They can't even satisfy a low profile tennis team let alone the big event like cricket WC.

Posted by goyal_amit on (May 9, 2009, 19:55 GMT)

I have this Latest Headlines icon in my Firefox toolbar which pulls news from BBC. I don't remember a day when there is no news of a Bombing in pakistan somewhere. Even after all this people thought that the security would at least be good for international matches and see what happened with Sri Lanka.

NO sensible person will now even think of going to that country forget playing a cricket match.

Posted by _Wikki_ on (May 9, 2009, 19:11 GMT)

i am also in the favour of PCB.There should be an equaility . If Pakistan is not safe then other co-host countries are also not.If they are taking any decision against a dangerous country(Pakistan) then the event should also not be given to other 'not safe' countries (India,Sri-Lanka and Bangladesh).Its good they are taking such a harsh decision against PCB ,but on contrary,they are not doing justice by giving this oppurtunity to other countries,which are ,no doubt,not SAFE too.....

Posted by mubujk on (May 9, 2009, 19:10 GMT)

I really hurts when u read comment like "no one will visit PAKISTAN", but the crisis that we are facing can struck any country. This does't mean that you take Cricket out of Pakistan and problem is solved. I can't understand how ICC can take this decision when 2 years to go. 2 years is enough to improve. This is discrimination that Pakistan has been facing through past times. I am happy that at last PCB has taken a decent step toward this crisis. We hope that we will see some cricket in Pakistan in near future. INSHA ALLAH.

Posted by waleedarshad on (May 9, 2009, 19:06 GMT)

PCB finally comes to the party Finally our board is stepping up and fighting for our rights what happened was sad but being singled out is totally unfair as mentioned security issues are a problem in entire region and nobody else was pointed at even pakistan was singled out and its rights were taken away without a proper security assesment how can u claim pakistan is unsafe while other countries are not when in india and bangladesh the security situation is not much better and series are being cancelled or played in different countries

Posted by Wajahatt on (May 9, 2009, 18:51 GMT)

Time to cook some ICC curry! Either there will be a world cup in Pakistan or there will no world cup in Sub Continent.

Posted by reality_check on (May 9, 2009, 18:39 GMT)

If this was not an issue on the agenda in the meeting then why was the decision taken so hastily keeping in mind that CWC is still two years away. I am no fan of PCB management but I am glad that they are taking this legal action against ICC.

ICC could have handled it in a better way. No one is denying that there are internal security issues in Pakistan but these are also present in other cohosts albeit not at the same level. How is this shotgun decision by ICC going to promote cricket in the world in general and save whatever cricket is left in Pakistan in particular?

Posted by SJRN on (May 9, 2009, 18:35 GMT)

Well done.............. At least and at last,some self respect and honour came out from a repeatedly exploited but dead silent PCB!! Good luck

Posted by SIMBA99 on (May 9, 2009, 18:13 GMT)

Does anyone from PCB have any sense of responsibility? Aren't you feeling ashamed that you couldnt protect a cricket team? Just shut up and improve the security. Dont politicize everything.

Posted by Ulio on (May 9, 2009, 17:56 GMT)

I am amazed how this is still being dragged. I say ICC should just move WC to Australia and New Zealand.

Seriously nobody will visit Pakistan it is just to risky look and read the news everyday.

Posted by WashDCcricket on (May 9, 2009, 17:51 GMT)

It looks like Mr. Butt's grievance is that the tournament is not taken away from India and not that it is taken away from Pakistan. Mr. Butt, wake up and smell the coffee. There is no way anyone, forget about sports teams will travel to Pakistan for the foreseeable future. Your country has bigger issues than hosting cricket games. You are further alienating the world by not being realistic. Don't let Pakistan be the Butt of all jokes (pun intended), you have very good cricketers. Let them play in neutral venues till the political situation is controlled.

Posted by AnonymousCricketer on (May 9, 2009, 17:37 GMT)

Stupid management of Pakistani Cricket has finally realized that decision to move the world cup out of Pakistan is against them. I believe these double standard policies of this and existing boards has led to the downfall of the cricket in the country. Look at the indian board, they've worked for cricket and their cricketers and we see the results. On the other hand, pakistan despite having huge talent pool and our cricketer are rotting in ICL and even there the board cannot take a clear stance on what to do with them. Again and again we have to revert to people like Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Fawad Alam and Faisal Iqbal which shows the lack of domestic infrastructure of cricket in the country and absolutely nothing is being done to improve it. Worse the level of cricket at international is going down the drain. I think its about time the board should realize and get a grip of the situation. Changing statements day after day is certianly not helping the cause of cricket in the country.

Posted by AnthoniJi on (May 9, 2009, 17:20 GMT)

I think the decision to strip pakistan of hosting the 2011 world cup should be validated by the players of all the teams around the world. Let us find out who wants to play in pakistan. I am pretty sure not many would want to. Today's cricket has become more about money than anything else (the format modifications of T20 tall the tale of greed) and Pakistan obviously does not want to loose this great money making opportunity.

Posted by RajKS on (May 9, 2009, 16:53 GMT)

Honestly, neither of the Pakistani neighbors are safe. But the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team's bus changed the dynamic. Unfortunately for the Pakistan cricket this will be a very big set up.

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