PCB’s no vote helped ICC to move World Cup out of Pak

May 15th, 2009 - 5:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Dubai, May 15 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision to stay away from voting helped the International Cricket Council to move World Cup matches out of Pakistan.

According to the legal advice received by the ICC, when PCB chairman Ijaz Butt chose to stay away from the voting during the ICC board meeting that decided on the issue in Dubai on April 17, his vote was counted as an unanimous one.

“The final vote during that meeting has been recorded as having been a unanimous one,” ICC sources told Cricinfo.

Sources said the PCB decision to abstain from voting has left it on weak legal ground in the case

“This should work strongly in the ICC’s favour. If the PCB had any objection at that point of time, they should have voted against the move instead of abstaining. Legally, as it is, they have a weak case,” they said.

The PCB announced that it had issued a legal notice to the ICC on May 9, three weeks after the ICC arrived at its decision.

Terming the ICC decision as ‘discriminatory and legally flawed’, the PCB wrote to the world body asking for the case to be referred to the independent Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Although the ICC has largely remained muted on the issue, its CEO vowed to deal with the situation.

“On the PCB issue, I believe it’s better for me to say less on it. It is the subject of a dispute and we’ll have to deal with it,” ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said.

The ICC official had also rejected PCB’s suggestions to hold the World Cup matches, originally scheduled in Pakistan, on neutral venues like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. (ANI)

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