PCB confirms of writing to ICC on Speed`s remark

Karachi: The Cricket Board confirmed that it had written to the International Cricket Council, expressed its displeasure over former ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed`s derogatory remark against PCB and its chairman on the John Howard issue.

Although he refused to comment on the disparaging remarks made by Speed, PCB chief Ejaz Butt said the board had indeed sent a letter to the game`s governing body on the issue.

"We have sent a letter to the ICC and asked them to look into the statement of Speed which were not appropriate," Butt said.

Speed lashed out at the Pakistan and Bangladesh cricket boards earlier in the week after the two countries joint hands with India, Sri Lanka and South Africa to reject former Australian Prime Minister Howard`s nomination for the post of ICC vice-President.

Speed described PCB chairman Butt as a "buffoon" and said Pakistan and Bangladesh were politicised cricket bodies.

Butt, however, stayed away from making a strong statement on the issue since returning home from the ICC Executive Board meeting in Singapore.

"I don`t want to say anything on this subject because the matter is now to be handled by the ICC," he added.

Sources have confirmed that the PCB has asked the ICC to take strong action against Speed, who served as ICC chief executive before being replaced by Haroon Lorgat.

Asked about his conversation with the new ICC president Sharad Pawar and BCCI officials, Butt declined to make any comments.

"Whatever happened at the ICC meetings is confidential," he said.

However, sources close to Butt confirmed that he had suggested Pawar and BCCI to play a Twenty20 and ODI series later this year or after the 2011 World Cup at neutral venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.



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