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    The Pakistan Cricket Board is readying itself for a legal battle with the England and Wales Cricket Board, who has demanded financial compensation for PCB chief Ijaz Butt's accusation against English players.

    Sources in the cricket board in Karachi confirmed that the ECB, in its letter to the PCB, not only demanded an unconditional apology from the PCB for Butt's remarks against English players but also wanted compensation.

    Relations between the boards soured after Butt accused the English players of spot-fixing after the third One-Dayer of the NatWest series at Lord's.

    Retaliating to Butt's comments, the ECB in its letter said that either he must render an unconditional apology or face legal action.

    Sources also said that the ECB wants to be financially compensated for Butt's comments, which it claimed has damaged the image and reputation of the English players.

    "The letter states that the PCB must compensate the ECB for loss of image and revenues because of Butt's remarks during the One-Day series," a source said.

    Butt, however, is in no mood to apologise or pay any compensation to the ECB and is learnt to have told his legal team to respond accordingly.

    "The PCB legal team believes that the ECB has no case since Butt never made any direct accusations and they are responding to the ECB letter accordingly," the source added.
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