WC 2003 - ECB to fight Zim penalties, confident tour will go ahead

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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London: English cricket supremo Tim Lamb on Wednesday vowed to fight any move to impose financial penalties over England's refusal to play its World Cup match in Zimbabwe.Lamb also said he had heard nothing from Zimbabwean officials to suggest they would not go ahead with their planned tour of England this summer.England refused to travel to Harare for the game on February 13 and as well as forfeiting four points, could face claims for damages by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU).Lamb told BBC Radio that the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) would resist any such moves. "We don't feel the need to make any apologies for not going to Zimbabwe. We did not receive unequivocal assurances regarding safety from the relevant security services," he said."We had a very strong legal case and were very disappointed (the ICC refused to move the game to South Africa), and if it comes to arbitration we will defend our position."We still don't know the financial consequences, I said all along it would be quite severe and that remains the case, but if they try to sue us we will defend our case strongly."English cricket is facing a compensation claim from the Zimbabwe Cricket Union of around 1 million Pounds ($ 1.6 million). The cancellation of the Zimbabwe tour would cost an estimated 10 million Pounds ($ 16 million).

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