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Butt to convince members of financial settlement with ICC


Karachi : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt will try to convince board members Thursday about his efforts to gain maximum financial benefits from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for giving up its court case on the shifting of 2011 World Cup.

The PCB governing board will meet here Aug 13.

A PCB spokesman said Friday that Butt will give details of his plans vis-a-vis the court case against the ICC which was initiated earlier this year after the game’s governing body moved Pakistan’s share of 14 World Cup games out of the country because of security apprehensions.

Butt has agreed to settle the matter out of court but needs the backing of the governing board before sealing a deal with the ICC some times later this month.

According to sources in the PCB, Pakistan is hoping to receive Rs.2 billion as its share from the World Cup profits. Butt will inform the members of the governing board that the amount is much bigger than what Pakistan would have received in case it actually hosted the 14 matches given to it initially as a co-host of the tournament.

While the 2011 World Cup settlement is the main point on the agenda, there are indications that the more thorny issue during the meeting could be alleged match-fixing attempts during Pakistan’s ongoing tour of Sri Lanka.

Though the matter is not on the agenda of the meeting, some of the governing board’s influential members are planning to raise the issue during the moot.

They are of the view that the matter is a serious one and should be discussed by the governing board.

There have been reports that several Pakistani cricketers were approached by bookies during the Test series against Sri Lanka.

However, the players reported the matter to the team management. The issue was later referred to the anti-corruption unit of the ICC by the PCB.