Pakistan to meet ICC to solve dispute over WC venues

Updated: 15 July 2009 16:05 IST

Ijaz Butt is to meet International Cricket Council officials later this month in a bid to solve their dispute over venues for the World Cup in 2011.

Pakistan to meet ICC to solve dispute over WC venues

Islamabad:

Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt is to meet International Cricket Council officials later this month in a bid to solve their dispute over venues for the World Cup in 2011.

The ICC ruled in April that matches couldn't be staged in Pakistan as originally planned after an attack by gunmen on the Sri Lankan team bus in March that killed six policemen and a driver. The ICC has since re-allocated Pakistan's matches among the three other co-hosts _ India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

However, the Pakistan Cricket Board has launched a legal challenge in a Pakistani court against the ICC's moves and has also sought to have its allocation of games played at a neutral venue in the United Arab Emirates.

Butt, the PCB chairman, told the Associated Press on Wednesday: "I will be meeting with the ICC chairman David Morgan in Dubai on July 27-28 to find some solution."

Pakistan stayed away from the World Cup organizing committee meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday in which its share of 14 matches were distributed among the other co-hosts.

"I can't comment on this meeting because the matter is subjudice," Butt said. "We still want an out of court settlement and for this I'm going to Dubai later this month."

Last month, Butt held a series of unfruitful meetings with co-hosts and ICC officials, but could not convince them to shift Pakistan's matches to a neutral venue.

India was awarded eight more games and will now host 29 matches in all. Four games were allotted to Sri Lanka, which will be hosting 12 matches, while Bangladesh got two more games, extending its share to eight.

The ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in Mumbai on Tuesday that the game's governing body wanted the "PCB to engage in a dialogue and not use the legal means. It would be better if we understand each other and see through the differences."



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