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Glamorgan get ECB refund for England-Pakistan T20 match

Paul Russell
Paul Russell negotiated the refund with the ECB

Glamorgan have had 50% of the match fee for staging the second England-Pakistan T20 international refunded to them by the England & Wales Cricket Board.

The rebate has been granted because of uncertainty of whether the game on 7 September would go ahead in the midst of ongoing spot-fixing allegations.

The problems affected the attendance, with Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell complaining to the ECB.

"As a result we have not made a loss on the international Twenty20," he said.

The two T20 games - the first was staged on 5 September - were overshadowed by allegations of spot-fixing surrounding Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt during the England-Pakistan Test series. The first Cardiff match attracted a crowd of around 11,000 but only about 6,000 turned up for the second.

"We have come to an agreement with the ECB on that because we were faced with a set of circumstances that were not entirely of our making to put it at its mildest," explained Russell.

"[The match on 7 September] was still in doubt the day before the game because of rather silly statements and claims that were being banded around.

"And because Pakistan, more than any other nation, attracts a following that turns up on the day, of course all of the shenanigans led to us having a [poor crowd].

"The way it works is that you pay the ECB fee for the game. What we suggested was that it was unfair that we should be charged a full fee on the Tuesday because of the circumstances which affected the crowd which were beyond our control.

"The ECB have agreed with us and reduced the fee accordingly. They reduced it by 50%."

But Russell declined to reveal the sums of money involved.



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