Christchurch: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Sunday said it was likely to appeal to an International Cricket Council (ICC) technical committee to resolve the dispute over its refusal to play a World Cup match in Kenya. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive Martin Snedden, who wants the February 21 match against Kenya moved for security reasons, said taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland could take too long. "Formal procedures in the Arbitration Court take longer and it could be too late for the match but we still have to find out the time frame involved," Snedden said. The ICC has sent NZC a list of options on taking its case forward but Snedden said he had not interpreted the message as an olive branch after the Kiwis' shock announcement on Friday. "I read it and just thought it was really only functional. I did not read anything else into it," said Snedden, who spent the weekend preparing appeal procedures before flying to South Africa on Monday. New Zealand has pulled out of the game in Nairobi citing security fears after 11 people were killed in a bomb attack at a Mombasa hotel. In 1998, more than 200 people were killed when the US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania, were bombed. NZC believes the ICC is unreasonable in expecting the Black Caps to play in Kenya, where security issues are significant and the players' safety is jeopardised. ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed has said he recognised the serious security issues raised by New Zealand and would work to see if the match could proceed or be rescheduled. Speed said the ICC would make available its intelligence and security advisers to provide a detailed briefing on the advice it had received about a terrorist cell operating in Nairobi. Speed said he would talk to Snedden to confirm the ICC dispute resolution process to be used. "NZC is entitled to seek this review in light of any concerns it may hold and it is appropriate the ICC's decision's are thoroughly scrutinised in this way," he said. The possible options include an independent ICC committee of five members to hear the dispute, the ICC World Cup events technical committee or arbitration through the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. Snedden said it was likely NZC would appeal to the technical committee for a review of the case. The World Cup's technical committee which takes control of the tournament from Sunday comprises tournament chief Ali Bacher (South Africa), Speed, Sunil Gavaskar (India), Michael Holding (West Indies), ICC commercial manager Campbell Jamieson and Brian Basson (South Africa). Bacher has already stated the Black Caps will forfeit their points from the Kenyan match, effectively placing Kenya at the top of Group 'B' less than a week before the start of the tournament.
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