Pakistan wants CAS to rule on World Cup dispute

LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board wants the Court of Arbitration for Sport to resolve its 2011 World Cup co-hosting dispute with the ICC rather than a committee of cricket's world governing body. The PCB has written to Hon Michael Beloff QC, President of ICC Disputes Resolution Committee, to refer the matter to arbitration tribunal. Last week, the PCB served a legal notice to the ICC after being removed last month as a World Cup co-host due to security reasons. The PCB sent a letter on Tuesday to Michael Beloff, the president of the International Cricket Council's dispute resolution committee, requesting him to refer the matter to a CAS-appointed arbitration tribunal in Britain. "Since the decision was taken by the ICC Executive Board, therefore the PCB deems it appropriate that in the interest of justice, equity and fair play the matter should be adjudicated by CAS," the PCB said in a statement. Pakistan's co-hosting status almost ended when gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore on March 3 during a test. Six police officers and a driver were killed and seven members of the Sri Lankan touring party were injured in the attack. However, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt has claimed the World Cup wasn't on the agenda of last month's ICC board meeting, when Pakistan was removed, adding that no proper security assessment of his country or the other co-hosts was undertaken. India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were all retained as co-hosts at the meeting.

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