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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 5 March, 2003, 13:54 GMT

Lamb defiant over Zimbabwe
ECB chief executive Tim Lamb
The ECB could be sued by the ICC and Zimbabwe Cricket Union
England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tim Lamb has vowed to fight any law suit resulting from the refusal to fulfil the World Cup fixture in Zimbabwe.

England's failure to travel to Harare for the game on 13 February saw them forfeit four points and ultimately cost them a place in the Super Sixes.

But the ECB could now be sued by the International Cricket Council and the Zimbabwe Cricket Union - and doubts also surround Zimbabwe's summer tour to England.

"We don't feel the need to make any apologies for not going to Zimbabwe," Lamb told the BBC.

"We did not receive unequivocal assurances regarding safety from the relevant security services.

"We had a very strong legal case and were very disappointed [that the ICC refused to move the game to South Africa], and if it comes to arbitration we will defend our position.

"We still don't know the financial consequences, I said all along it would be quite severe and that remains the case.

"But if they try to sue us we will defend our case strongly."





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