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Pak charges baseless, says Lorgat

ICC chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, dismissed Pakistan's allegations of the world governing body adopting double standards, saying cancelling of the Champions Trophy and England resuming their tour of India were different issues.

cricket Updated: Dec 11, 2008 22:56 IST

ICC chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, dismissed Pakistan's allegations of the world governing body adopting double standards, saying cancelling of the Champions Trophy and England resuming their tour of India were different issues which could not be compared.

“"The context is very, very different. When we are talking Champions Trophy in Pakistan, the ICC has gone to great lengths to ensure safety and security. But that was a multinational event. Members took a different view and we needed to respect such decisions,” he said.

“As for England coming to India, it is an individual decision. You cannot compare the two,” added Lorgat, who was in Chennai to pledge the ICC's support to the Test series in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks.

He also rubbished claims from ICC member country officials that England was getting 50 per cent more for returning to India for the Test series and that the hosts needed the tour to go ahead to avoid financial losses.

“As for my personal level on this emotive issue, it is disappointing. If any member was to take a decision on safety and security based on financial reasons, it is simply not proper and it is out of hands. Because people will not play with other peoples' life.”

The South African also admitted that ICC could do little to force India to tour Pakistan next year in the wake of the terror strikes.

“We will try and encourage and play an aiding role. We cannot do something on which we cannot influence. For example, if a government says that you cannot go I respect that. It is a government decision and nothing that ICC could do,” Lorgat said.