PCB rejects reports of withdrawing legal notice against ICC

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Karachi, July 26 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rejected media reports that it is withdrawing its case against the International Cricket Council (ICC), saying it has not taken any final decision in this regard as yet.

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said any final decision on whether to stop the legal war against the apex cricket body would be taken after his meeting with the ICC President David Morgan, which is scheduled to be held on July 28.

"It's mere speculation that we are withdrawing the legal notice. I am meeting ICC President David Morgan on Monday and Tuesday, and only after that meeting, we will decide about the next step," The News quoted Butt, as saying.

Earlier, it was reported that the PCB has decided to withdraw its legal notice against the ICC that challenged its decision to shift the 2011 World Cup games from Pakistan.

Sources said, the PCB may ask for more financial benefits from the ICC against its share of eight matches which were later shifted to India.

They said the PCB has decided to take back the legal notice after its legal consultants advised the board that the case was not strong enough, especially when the ICC had endorsed the decision of shifting the matches from ICC Development International (IDI).

The 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 since the security scenario is more or less the same in all other three countries, the World Cup should be shifted from the sub-continent to Australia and New Zealand.

The PCB is also pushing to host its share of matches at neutral venues such as Dubai and Abu-Dhabi, but the ICC has rejected this move. (ANI)

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