16 July 2009
Result of ICC meeting with ICC CWC 2011 hosts
Discussions to continue between ICC President, Vice-President and PCB Chairman on 19 June
ICC President David Morgan.
David Morgan: "Further discussions will help us come up with a recommendation on where the matches originally scheduled to take place in Pakistan can be held"
Representatives of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the four host countries for the ICC Cricket World Cup (ICC CWC) 2011, met with ICC President David Morgan and ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat at Lord's on Monday.
The meeting was convened without prejudice to discuss the ongoing issues the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has in relation to the hosting of matches in the ICC CWC 2011.
No decision was reached on a recommendation to the ICC Board concerning possible locations for those matches but discussions are now ongoing and will continue when Mr Morgan meets with ICC Vice-President Sharad Pawar and PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt in London on 19 June.
ICC President David Morgan said: " I'am pleased we were able to come together today in a spirit of cooperation to further the process of finding a resolution to this matter".
" We had constructive discussions and I will look to follow them through with Mr Pawar and Mr Butt in the coming days so we can identify the best means of coming up with a recommendation on where the matches originally scheduled to take place in Pakistan can be held."
"There was a great deal of sympathy within the meeting for Pakistan's position as the issues its cricket administrators face are completely beyond their control."
"What we need to do is to settle this matter as quickly as possible within the ICC family as we need to press on with our preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup which is less than two years away."
Monday's meeting agreed that the tournament's Central Organising Committee would meet to decide upon the location and management structure of the ICC CWC Secretariat. This operation was originally set to be based in Lahore.
The four hosts confirmed their understanding of the ICC Board?s previous decision, that Pakistan remains a co-host and retains its host fees for the 14 matches originally scheduled to take place there, before the Board?s decision to remove the country as a host location for the tournament.
Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka all accepted that if any of those 14 matches were to take place in their countries then they would not be due any fee for hosting them.
The PCB agreed that any legal proceedings already launched against the ICC would remain on hold pending further discussions.
In addition to Mr Morgan and Mr Lorgat, also present at the meeting were Mahbubul Anam (Bangladesh), Shashank Manohar (India), Ijaz Butt and Subhan Ahmad (Pakistan) and DS de Silva (Sri Lanka). Mr Pawar joined the meeting via telephone hook-up.
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