The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have reached a settlement with the International Cricket Council (ICC) over their dispute of staging the World Cup 2011, which the sport's governing body ordered to be moved away from Pakistan due to security concerns. The accord, reached today at a meeting between David Morgan, the ICC president, and the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt in Dubai, will see Pakistan drop their challenge after 14 games allocated to them were moved to their subcontinent neighbours: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.
Instead, the PCB will retain their host fees for the tournament, as well as receiving compensation for the lost hosting rights. "I'm glad we were able to come to an amicable agreement and I believe this is a fair resolution for the PCB and the ICC," Morgan said. "This resolution is good for world cricket and provides an improved platform for the World Cup as we now have a degree of certainty surrounding the event that was not there while the dispute was ongoing."
The ICC took the decision to strip Pakistan as hosts after Islamic militants attacked the Sri Lanka team bus as they were on their way to play Pakistan in a Test match in Lahore on March 3. At least six policemen escorting the team bus were killed, along with a driver. Seven member of the Sri Lankan cricket team and an assistant coach were also injured.