PCB rules out neutral venue option

Published: Friday, July 31, 2009, 14:15 [IST]
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PCB rules out neutral venue option

Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has ruled out any possibility of organizing its share of 2011 World Cup matches at neutral venues.

“There"s no such clause in the agreement among the four co-hosts, so it"s not possible," PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said.

Speaking before the National Assembly"s Standing Committee on Sports Butt said that the matters of World Cup 2011 hosting would be settled next month.

Butt said that the matters with the International Cricket Council (ICC) are being settled out of the court but the case has not been withdrawn.

“Four of our demands have been met while the dispute is over the other two," he said without disclosing the details.

Replying to a question, he said that it was not the responsibility of the PCB to provide security to the Sri Lankan team.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has ensured that Pakistan would not lose any money from the shift of the matches, and would get its hosting fee of 10.5 million dollars.

The ICC shifted the games from Pakistan to the other three host nations - India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - citing security reasons, but the PCB maintains that the security scenario is more or less same in all other three countries.


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