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Pakistan compensation plea
rejected, says New Zealand
March 27, 2003 17:14 IST
New Zealand Cricket said on Thursday that Pakistan's claims for compensation following New Zealand's cancelled tour following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington have been rejected by the International Cricket Council.
New Zealand Cricket said a three-judge panel found that following the September 11 attacks, it was not unreasonable for NZC to cancel its original tour of Pakistan.
It also ruled that because of the proximity of a Karachi bomb blast and the deaths caused by it, NZC's cancellation of the rescheduled tour in May 2002 was also acceptable.
A bomb exploded outside a hotel in Karachi that was being used by New Zealand's touring team. The blast did not injure any of the touring New Zealand party, but left 14 others dead.
The final Test of New Zealand's Pakistan tour was scrapped and the players flew home.
NZC chief executive Martin Snedden said he was pleased with the decision that demonstrated that NZC's approach to the safety and security of players was sound.
"I am now working with the Pakistan Cricket Board to reschedule the cricket that was not played because of the terrorist disruptions," he said.
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