ICC approves independent match venues

Published: Friday, October 19, 2001, 22:04 [IST]
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Kuala Lumpur: The ICC on Friday responded to the impact of the global conflict by approving the use of independent match venues to stage international cricket.
 "Cricket in some countries, most notably Pakistan, is in the front line of world events. We need to adopt creative solutions to support those affected and to overcome these problems," an official press release said. "In agreeing to use independent venues the Board was totally supportive of countries affected by recent horrific events and unanimous that every effort should be made to assist them," said ICC president Malcolm Gray, speaking at the conclusion of the ICC Executive Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur. The decision means that if a match or series cannot be played at a home venue it can be rescheduled to the opposing team's country or a neutral venue. In either case it would be regarded as a 'home' series for the original host nation. At the same time, international cricket Boards could face penalties running into millions of dollars for deliberately ignoring obligations under the ICC's Future Tours Programme.

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