Pakistan and ICC settle out of court
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reached an outof-court settlement with the International Cricket Council over being stripped of cohosting rights for the 2011 World Cup, local media reported yesterday.
Pakistani media reported that Ijaz Butt, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, received authorisation from the PCB governing board to reach a cash settlement.
The amount of the final settlement was not disclosed, reported The News newspaper. Pakistan had already secured a $10.5 million payment for the 14 games it was initially scheduled to hold before the country was removed as co-host on security grounds.
The ICC’s move to remove Pakistan – leaving India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as cohosts – came after last year’s terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team during which six policemen and a van driver were killed.
Pakistan had considered lobbying to have its game moved to a venue, like the United Arab Emirates, but that was ruled out. – Sapa-AP