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NZC may appeal to technical committee

Christchurch: New Zealand Cricket said Sunday it was likely to appeal to ICC’s World Cup technical committee to resolve the dispute over its refusal to play a World Cup match in kenya.

The technical committee, which took control of the tournament from Sunday, comprises tournament chief Ali Bacher, Malcolm Speed, Sunil Gavaskar, Michael Holding, Campbell Jamieson and Brian Basson.

NZC chief executive Martin Snedden, who wants the February 21 match against Kenya moved for security reasons, said taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland could take too long.

“Formal procedures in the arbitration court take longer and it could be too late for the match but we still have to find out the time-frame involved,” Snedden said.

The ICC has sent NZC a list of options on taking its case forward but Snedden said he had not interpreted the message as an olive branch after the Black Caps’ shock announcement on Friday.

“I read it and just thought it was really only functional. I did not read anything else into it,” said Snedden, who spent the weekend preparing appeal procedures before flying to South Africa Monday.

New Zealand have pulled out of the game in Nairobi citing security fears after 11 people were killed in a bomb attack at a Mombasa hotel. In 1998, more than 200 people were killed when the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania, were bombed.

NZC believes the ICC is unreasonable in expecting the Black Caps to play in Kenya, where security issues are significant and the players’ safety is jeopardised. (AFP)

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