Butt-Morgan meeting signals PCB ready for out-of-court

Morgan indicated that PCB would desist from taking legal action against the governing body for shifting the 2011 WC matches out of the strife-torn country.

updated: July 28, 2009 12:43 IST
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ICC President David Morgan on Tuesday indicated that Pakistan Cricket Board would desist from taking legal action against the governing body for shifting the 2011 World Cup matches out of the strife-torn country after meeting PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt here.

Both Morgan and Butt will report back to their respective boards before meeting again soon, while PCB's legal proceedings would continue to be adjourned pending future meetings, the ICC said in a statement.

Butt met Morgan at the ICC s headquarters here as part of an ongoing process to resolve the disagreement over the location of the 14 matches originally scheduled to be played in Pakistan, as well as the venue for the tournament secretariat, which was set to be in Lahore.

"I am pleased to have had the opportunity to meet with Ejaz this morning and we had a very positive 90-minute meeting. We are making good progress on the issues of dispute between us," Morgan said.

"I will now report back to the other members of the ICC's Board on the nature of our discussions ahead of further talks between the two of us.

"On the basis of Tuesday's meeting I am confident we can bring this matter to resolution in the near future so that we can all focus on the key objective for the ICC and all its members ? the staging of a successful ICC Cricket World Cup in the Asian sub- continent in 2011," the ICC chief added.

Butt sounded equally upbeat about an amicable solution and the PCB chief said, "I am very encouraged by the discussions we have had. The PCB is keen to settle this matter out of court as soon as possible and I believe we are making good progress towards doing exactly that.

"I will now report back to my board to inform them of developments and we look forward to further talks in the near future to bring this matter to resolution," Butt said.

Along with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Pakistan was named co-host of the 2011 World Cup before the volatile situation in the country led to ICC shifting the 14 matches out of the country.

The ICC said Pakistan would otherwise retain their co-host status and be entitled to hosting revenues but the situation there is just not fit to host matches.

PCB was initially unhappy after losing the matches and moved the court against the ICC decision.