LAHORE: Pakistan is mounting a legal challenge to the International Cricket Council's decision to move its World Cup matches over security fears, the nation's cricket governing body said Saturday.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the decision to deprive it of the fixtures was legally flawed, and that it had served notice of the challenge through its lawyer to ICC president David Morgan.
"The PCB believes that the manner in which the decision was taken, with no security assessment of Pakistan or any other host country and without the issue being on the agenda of the meeting, it was legally flawed," PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said Saturday.
The ICC last month stripped Pakistan of 14 World Cup matches, including a semi-final, citing the "uncertain security situation" in the country.
Co-hosts India will now host 29 matches inclusive of a semi-final and the final, while Sri Lanka will host 12 matches with one-semi-final and Bangladesh eighth matches and the opening ceremony.
Butt said there was no prior notice that the Cup matches would be moved.
The issue could either be dealt with by the ICC's dispute resolution committee, which is made up of ICC officials, or to independent arbitration before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Butt added.
"The PCB prefer impartial arbitration, in the interest of justice, equity and fair play. The PCB will push for this matter to be expedited so the PCB's status can be restored as soon as possible," he said.