x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

PCB compensated as neutral venues ruled out

An out-of-court settlement has ended the legal battle between the PCB and the ICC, the sport's governing body, over the country's share of 2011 World Cup matches.

An out-of-court settlement has ended the legal battle between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport's governing body, over the country's share of 2011 World Cup matches. The ICC relocated Pakistan's 14 scheduled World Cup matches due to security concerns after the Sri Lankan team were attacked in Lahore last March. The tragedy dealt a major blow to Pakistan's chances of hosting international cricket and their share of games were divvied up between the World Cup's other subcontinent hosts - eight going to India, four to Sri Lanka and two to Bangladesh.

Initial talks to reach a financial compromise failed, but the PCB - who threatened to revive the legal fight - have brokered a lucrative compensation package. "The legal course has ended and Pakistan will get the hosting rights fee of £6.3million (Dh38.2m) and the ICC will also compensate us a substantial amount," PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said yesterday. With the UAE a leading candidate to host switched games, the agreement ends any hope of Pakistan's World Cup matches being played at neutral venues. "We did think over hosting the matches on neutral venues, but it would have cost us losses," Butt added.

Meanwhile, Australia have drafted uncapped wicketkeeper Chris Hartley into their team for the two-day match against England Lions at Canterbury. Injuries to Brad Haddin (broken finger) and Graham Manou (hand) could see the rookie stake a claim for a place in next week's fifth Ashes Test at the Oval. Former England batsman Marcus Trescothick woke up in a cold sweat this week at the thought of a possible recall for the Test, he said yesterday. "There is a nightmare a lot of cricketers experience that they can't get their pads on when they are due in to bat," he wrote in his column in the Bristol Evening Post.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) terminated the contract of national team coach John Dyson. The Australian oversaw the Windies recent Test and one-day losses to Bangladesh. @Email:emegson@thenational.ae