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PCB and ECB Reach Settlement

27 March, 2007

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LAHORE:The Pakistan Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board have reached settlement on ECB's claim for compensation following the forfeiture of the npower Oval Test Match in 2006.

It has been agreed that the proposed tour of Pakistan by England in 2010 be postponed until January/February 2012. The England tour to Pakistan will comprise of 3 Test Matches and 5 One Day Internationals. Pakistan will reciprocate with a tour to the UK in late June, July and August 2012 and play 3 Test Matches and 5 One Day Internationals. In addition to those matches the PCB has agreed to play a non-reciprocal Twenty20 International during their tour to the UK and shall waive the right to a fee for this match to settle the Oval Compensation Claim.

ECB Chief Executive David Collier commented: ‘The meetings with PCB demonstrated the goodwill and desire of both Boards to find a cricketing solution to the issues arising from the Oval Test Match.

Both Boards were concerned that the timescale in the Future Tours Programme allocated for England's tour to Pakistan in 2010 would preclude a tour of 3 Test Matches and 5 One Day Internationals as scheduled.

Rescheduling the tour results in a significantly lighter schedule for our players in 2010.

England will now tour Bangladesh in 2010 instead of 2012 and play 2 Test Matches and 3 One Day Internationals.

The non-reciprocal Twenty20 International to be played in 2012 is of great benefit to the ECB and we are pleased that a cricketing solution has been found to this problem.'

Upon confirmation of these arrangements, ECB shall withdraw its compensation claim in respect of the Oval Test Match made on 29 September, 2006

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