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The International Cricket Council (ICC) may face a legal challenge to the planned English cricket match in Zimbabwe, by MP Derek Wyatt and his legal team
Taylor Wessing dispute resolution partner Jonathan Haydn-Williams and Michel Kallipetis QC have come to the aid of Wyatt, advising on possible challenges to halt the Zimbabwe match.
The team initially planned to approach the High Court to call for a judicial review against the English and Welsh Cricket Board (ECB). However, the ECB said on Tuesday (4 February) that it no longer supported the match and applied to the ICC to have it moved to South Africa. The ICC has since rejected the application by the ECB, and Friday's (7 February) appeal failed.
While the players may still refuse to compete, Wyatt and his lawyers may pursue a challenge against the ICC even if the game does not go ahead. Such a challenge is dependent on Wyatt obtaining a copy of the ICC's constitution.
Taylor Wessing contacted ICC to obtain a copy of its constitution, but Haydn-Williams received a response from the council's lawyers, Simmons & Simmons, advising that it was not usual procedure for the ICC to make such information available.