Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt has accused the ICC and the BCCI of treating them as beggars and threatened dire consequences if they are not allowed to host 2011 World Cup matches.
Butt is on a mission to drum up support from 2011 World Cup co-hosts India,Sri Lanka and Bangladesh after the International Cricket Council moved the matches away from Pakistan following security concerns.
PCB reacted strongly to it,serving ICC with a legal notice while also trying to garner support from the co-hosts. He travelled to Sri Lanka to meet cricket officials there and met ICC vice-president and former BCCI president Sharad Pawar in India.
The ICC,in an attempt to diffuse tension has offered to compensate PCB for shifting the matches,however,Butt retorted saying,”the ICC and BCCI should stop treating PCB like beggars,as money could not resolve all the matters.”
Butt,who claimed to have Pawar’s support,threatened ICC that the 2011 World Cup could be jeopardised if Pakistan’s hosting rights are not restored.
“The 2011 World Cup could come under heavy cloud if it’s host status is not restored,” Butt said in an interview to ‘News24’ channel.
He also said that security situation in India,Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is volatile and the ICC was unfair in stripping them off the hosting rights.