Johannesburg: England will not lodge a final appeal against the ICC's refusal to switch its World Cup match against Zimbabwe to South Africa, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief Tim Lamb said on Saturday. The decision brings to an end the long-running saga over the game which should have taken place in Harare on February 13 but was boycotted by England claiming a death threat meant that its security and safety in the country would be compromised.
The tournament technical committee decided earlier Saturday that it would not switch the game to South Africa. It means that England is forced to forfeit four points and could face a massive compensation claim from the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) for boycotting the game. "After a great deal of consideration, the ECB has decided not to appeal the decision of the ICC," said Lamb. "In the interests of the World Cup, the teams and the wider game of cricket, it is time to move on and put this episode behind us.
"However, the ECB does not agree with the decision of the technical committee and we have been advised by our lawyers that it is legally incorrect," added Lamb hinting at a long battle ahead to avoid having to pay compensation.