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The legal dispute between the PCB and the ICC has apparently reached a conclusion, with agreement seemingly reached on an out-of-court settlement. The Pakistani board look set to drop their legal action over the security-influenced decision to deny them their share of 2011 World Cup hosting rights, with chairman Ijaz Butt (“possibly the worst PCB chief ever“, in at least one person’s opinion) claiming that they will receive the full hosting rights fee (around $10.5m) as well as “a substantial amount” of compensation from the ICC.

Interestingly, the issue of Pakistan travelling to play in India is still unresolved, with Butt saying that his team will only travel if Pakistan’s government allows it, otherwise “the World Cup could be affected or cancelled“, which shows at least that no-one at the PCB is guilty of underestimating Pakistan’s importance to the competition. I don’t remember Nasser Hussain and company worrying about the possibility of the 2003 competition being cancelled because England wouldn’t travel to Zimbabwe (although admittedly that competition hardly suffered for their loss in the way a subcontinental World Cup would without Pakistan).

Here’s hoping all the politics get sorted out well in advance of the cricket.

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England may be feeling confident ahead of Friday’s World Twenty20 opener against the Netherlands, but Ryan ten Doeschate and Dirk Nannes are capable of propelling the underdogs to a surprise win. In case you aren’t too familiar with the Dutch side, here are one or two ‘did you knows’ about cricket in the Netherlands:

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Everyone seems to be weighing in with their opinions on what the outcome of the evident rift between England’s captain, Kevin Pietersen, and coach Peter Moores. David Gower, himself no stranger to disagreements with his (and whilst he was) captain, reckons KP will be the outright winner, which seems to make sense given how reliant England are on their imported superstar. There’s already speculation about Moores’ potential successor.

Nasser Hussain, another former England captain who is currently employed by Sky, agrees, saying that Moores will either have to quit, or back down on what seems to be the key issue – the inclusion or otherwise of Michael Vaughan in the England side.

A ‘dressing room source’, meanwhile (perhaps Harry Redknapp’s ketchup?), claims that “The ECB are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they back KP, then there’s massive problems among the backroom staff…if they go with the coach, then the best player becomes disillusioned [and] they possibly lose a captain“, which doesn’t sound like a recipe for much-needed pre-Ashes harmony and togetherness either way.

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Amid all the razzmatazz of the IPL, ICL and various other acronyms, the fast-approaching County season has hardly registered on my cricket radar.

All the money sloshing about, especially for the players, is bound to have an impact on domestic cricket across the world.

Currently, domestic cricket in England and Wales, especially the County Championship, suffers greatly from the image of “empty grounds and spectators who are retired, unemployed or unemployable“. Can any real lessons be learned from the Indian leagues?

Pablo Luna suggests breaking up the First-Class counties into three divisions of six teams each, delaying the start of the season until May, and trying to come up with a version of the IPL. Oh, and he also wants this man to be MD of the ECB.

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