Lawson paving way to return home after all dues settled

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Lahore, Oct 28 (UNI) After settling all pay disputes with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), sacked national coach Geoff Lawson is paving way for himself to return to Australia.

Yesterday, Lawson was packing his bags to catch a flight back to hometown Sydney, after all disputes were sorted out with the PCB.

The former Australia Test pacer met the newly appointed PCB Director General Saleem Altaf at the Board headquarters here, where the two agreed on a settlement.

PCB's new chairman Ijaz Butt had sacked Lawson last week over poor results and later appointed former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam as the new national coach.

Just few days after his sacking, pay disputes between Lawson and PCB arose, and sacked coach was left considering taking legal action against the PCB over his pay settlement.

The Australian returned a cheque sent to him by the Board, saying that it was far less than what he had expected.

''Lawson was expecting a substantial amount as bonus in his full and final settlement cheque. But the PCB officials informed him that his dues amounted to 30,000 US dollars. Lawson finally agreed to accept that amount,'' sources said.

However, Lawson requested Altaf to ensure that the amount was payed to him as he wanted to fly back to Australia as soon as possible. And the Board accepted his request.

''The whole issue was just blown out of proportion,'' Altaf was qouted as saying by 'The News'. ''I had a nice, friendly chat with him (Lawson) this evening and the entire issue was resolved amicably,'' he added.

Speaking to mediapersons, Lawson after settling his dues with PCB, said, ''All financial matters with the PCB have been sorted out now and I will be leaving soon.'' The 50-year-old Australian, however, said he would leave Pakistan with no hard feelings. ''Everything is okay now and he is going back satisfied,'' he affirmed.

''It has been a very enjoyable experience for me and I have learnt a lot being an international coach. If the board wants to have a local coach good luck to them. I have no grievances with them,'' he said.

Meanwhile, a PCB official said Australian trainer David Dwyer, who had come with Lawson, had agreed to remain with the team for the One-day series against the West Indies next month.

Dwyer wanted to resign after the axe fell on Lawson.

The trouble-torn nation will play a three-match One-day series against the West Indies from November 12-16 in Abu Dhabi.


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