Pak wants ICC to resolve compensation row

Published: Saturday, October 14, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to approach the International Cricket Council (ICC) to resolve the issue of compensation raised by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for forfeiture of the Oval Test.

''The ECB reaffirms that relations between the two boards are cordial but they are still demanding a compensation amount,'' PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf said.

Nasim said the PCB would put up the case before ICC's Conflict Resolution Committee.

The ECB had demanded from the Pakistan board a compensation amount of 0.8 million pounds sterling which it had returned to the ticket holders for the abandoned post-tea session of play on the fourth day and for the entire fifth day of the Oval Test.

The PCB had sent a letter to the ECB earlier, categorically refusing to pay any compensation and saying the Pakistan team was willing to play but the umpires were not ready and so it was not Pakistan's fault if the play was not held.

''We will not pay the damages to the ECB and will fight the case before the ICC. God willing, we will meet with success,'' said Ashraf.

Asked if the PCB would again hire the services of lawyers to fight the case before the ICC, he said the board could do that if it deemed necessary.


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