Pak to seek govt permission to visit India for 2011 WC

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Pakistan Cricket Board made it clear that its team would travel to India for the 2011 World Cup only if the government gives them permission.

Updated: August 13, 2009 15:11 IST
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Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday made it clear that its team would travel to India for the 2011 World Cup only if the government here gives them permission.

PCB chairman Ejaz Butt told a news conference that if Pakistan was drawn up to play some matches in India, it would seek Islamabad's clearance and travel only if the government gives them the go-ahead.

"Our team can only play in India if our government allows it. And if we have a situation where our team is not able to travel to India then the World Cup could be affected or cancelled," Butt said.

Butt's remarks came after a governing council meeting of the board where the members gave approval for an out-of-court settlement with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to resolve the dispute over shifting of the World Cup matches from Pakistan.

Butt said Pakistan and the ICC would sign a memorandum of understanding on the World Cup by August 30 and the decision to no longer pursue legal action was taken because the ICC had accepted 90 per cent of Pakistan's demands relating to the World Cup.

"While it is a fact that we cannot host the World Cup matches due to security situation in the country and playing our share of matches at neutral venues is also ruled out but the ICC has otherwise accepted most of our demands," Butt said.

Butt said apart from the USD 10.5 million hosting fees that the ICC will pay Pakistan for its share of 14 matches, the PCB would get more monetary compensation.

"I cannot divulge the details at this stage or the exact figure of how much we will gain financially. But we are close to an understanding," Butt said.

He also made it clear that Pakistan's move to start a legal challenge against the ICC for moving the World Cup matches had paid dividends and was not a waste of money.

"Before we moved a legal notice the ICC and other host countries were not willing to listen to our please but then they came to the negotiating table," he said.

Butt lamented that Pakistan was left alone by the other joint host countries - India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the World Cup issue.

"They let us down that is why we lost the World Cup matches. Worse the attack on the Sri Lankan team was a big setback for us," Butt added.

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