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PCB gives up demand to host WC matches at neutral venues

world Updated: Jul 31, 2009 11:34 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt said they board has given up the demand of hosting its quota of World Cup matches at neutral venues and is instead trying to get maximum financial benefits from the International Cricket Council.

"We have given that demand up (hosting World Cup matches at neutral venues) on the advice of our lawyers. Because there is no clause in the agreement between the IDI board of the ICC and the four World Cup co-hosts which allows matches to be held at neutral venues. So that option is out of question," Butt told reporters in Islamabad after attending a hearing of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports.

Butt claimed that despite there being no clause allowing matches at neutral venues, the board had tried its best to host its share of matches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi but failed.

"The situation now is we can't host our share of matches at home or at neutral venues so naturally we are trying to
extract maximum benefits from the ICC," he said.

Butt, though, refused to comment whether Pakistan had also demanded that the ICC and other host nations pay it earnings from gate money and hoardings of the 14 matches shifted out of the country besides the hosting fees of those ties.