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Pakistan to take ICC to CAS over World Cup ruling

The Pakistan Cricket Board want to take the game's governing body, the ICC, to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over being stripped of the right to co-host the 2011 World Cup.

ISLAMABAD // The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) want to take the game's governing body, the ICC, to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over being stripped of right to co-host the 2011 World Cup. The PCB served the International Cricket Council with legal papers today outlining their claim. "We have served a legal notice to the International Cricket Council for this discriminatory decision," the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said.

"Now, the ball is in the ICC's court as they have to send our legal notice to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to decide this issue." The ICC removed Pakistan as co-host for the tournament at last month's board meeting in Dubai due to security reasons, while India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were all retained as co-hosts. Pakistan's co-hosting status effectively ended when gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore on March 3 during a Test series. Six police officers and a driver were killed and seven members of the Sri Lankan touring party were injured in the attack.

However, Butt claimed the 2011 World Cup was not on the agenda of the ICC board meeting and said no proper security assessment of Pakistan or the other co-hosts had been undertaken. "We are more concerned about the manner in which the ICC took this decision," he said. "There was no notice prior to the meeting that the decision of this nature would be taken." This is the first official reaction from the PCB since the ICC's decision taken on April 17.

"We had to wait as we were seeking the legal advice on this issue," Butt said. "We believe that more could and should have been done to review the actual situation, to deal with the matter on a nondiscriminatory basis. "The PCB will push for this matter to be expedited, so the PCB's status can be restored as soon as possible." Security concerns over travelling to Pakistan have been a long standing issue within the game. Australia were the first touring party to take action by postponing their scheduled tour to the country in March 2008 over security issues.

The ICC first postponed and then shifted the Champions Trophy from Pakistan to South Africa, while India cancelled their tour in January in the wake of last November's Mumbai attacks that strained relations between the subcontinental neighbours. The ICC has already moved its World Cup headquarters from Lahore to Mumbai and increased India's allocation of matches. *AP