LAHORE Micro Electronics Technology Inc (MET) has filed a law suit against the Pakistan Cricket Board demanding the payment of outstanding dues of Rs 3,800,000 for updating the PCB website on regular basis. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Sohail Ahmed of MET said that Cricinfo designed the PCBs official website in 1996-97 and was maintained by MET when the internet was in its infancy. In 2003, Cricinfo was bought by Wisden which closed all official sites and in 2007 Wisden-Cricinfo was bought by ESPN India. After Wisden-Cricinfo was bought by ESPN, the PCB contracted MET to design and maintain its official website and this continued. When contacted, a PCB official said that it was strange to see the MET holding a press conference when the case was in the court which in itself is the violation of laws. He further stated that the MET claims that the PCB was to pay them money when there was no documentary evidence of any outstanding due. If any person stands up and says that so and so person has his money outstanding how can it be accepted without any proof, the PCB official maintained. The MET official said that the PCB asked MET to use all its expertise to develop a secure ticketing system to overcome the controversies of the past. Our system helped PCB earn huge revenues of around Rs 16.1 crore through secure ticket sales and valuable foreign exchange of US$ 850,000 through online E-ticketing, he added. Since inception, the PCB website has always been treated with lack of interest although MET has been advising the Boards to monitor this website. The PCB paid little attention to our continuous advice and turned out to be deaf eared, he added. When needed, the PCB utilised our services without any hindrance from our side and on the other hand the PCB delayed our payments many times for certain services without any reason, he maintained. He said that this continued from 2004 but since September 2008, the MET has not been paid by the PCB although they have kept on using the services on regular basis. On December 22, 2010, MET gave a presentation to the top level management of PCB in a meeting chaired by the COO. In this presentation, MET clearly indicated that if PCB does not require our services it is fine and the PCB should clear the outstanding dues, he added. The PCB then came back with a proposal and offered MET Rs 15 lakh lump sum and an increase in fee to Rs 2.5 lakh per month from the previous constant Rs 2 lakh being paid on and off, since 2004, he further added. MET accepted and agreed and was asked to sign a new contract. And when in April 2010, MET wrote that it could not continue without payment, on May 7 2010, to our sheer astonishment, the PCB asked MET to post a tender advertisement on the website calling bids for the design, development and maintenance of PCB website. Ironically, MET immediately updated the, he added. He said that MET Attorney Altaf-ur-Rahman served a legal notice to PCB asking for long over due payments after the PCB had tendered for a new website, MET closed the PCB website on expiry of the time mentioned in the notice. MET then filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court to challenge the tendering process and recovery of the past dues and the matters are now sub-judice, he added.