The dispute resolution of International Cricket Council has received a compensation claim case against the Board of Cricket Council In India (BCCI) put forth by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). According to sources the board chairman Shaharyar Khan, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Najam Sethi and Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad had conducted three separate meetings with the BCCI representatives last month in Birmingham and London.
“At two of the meetings, ICC chief executive Dave Richardson was also present while the third meeting held on the sidelines of the ICC executive board meeting also featured ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar,” he said. He also expressed that in all three meetings the BCCI had stuck to their old gun of not playing any bilateral series against Pakistan until the clearance comes from the Board.
“They said that since their government was not giving clearance for a series with Pakistan because of the political and diplomatic situation between the two countries there was no question of paying any compensation to the PCB,” the source said. PCB also made it clear to BCCI that they should have thought about this while signing the MoU with Pakistan 2014.
“He said in the MoU, the BCCI had promised to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 but had not played even one series as yet. The PCB chairman also made it clear that the PCB wanted a compensation of around 447 crore rupees from the BCCI for not playing bilateral cricket,” he said.
According to sources, the PCB following the impasse faced by three meetings conducted before, they now stepped up for sending a legal notice consisting the case against BCCI in that regard to ICC dispute resolution committee within a month. “The BCCI had not responded to our notice of intent sent to them but they agreed to the meetings to find a solution and prevent the matter from going to the ICC disputes resolution committee. Unfortunately, all meetings have ended in a deadlock despite the presence of ICC officials,” he said.
Following the sources, Pakistan had already taken an initiative in this regard by going on to an India tour for short limited over series in 2012 but in reciprocal nothing of such extent has been considered by India yet. “The fact is India has not played a bilateral series with us since 2007 and it has caused a lot of financial losses to Pakistan cricket,” the source concluded.
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