BCCI’s exclusion over India’s contingency on playing the bilateral ties with Pakistan led Najam Sethi, the Chairman of PCB’s Executive Committee to come up with intimation of legal prosecution against BCCI. The grounds being for BCCI dishonouring the agreement pertaining to this Indo-Pak bilateral series.
In accordance with PCB, Sethi has cropped up with the confession to PTI where he explicitly aired that the Board’s legal advisor Salman Nasir headed to London recently in terms of strengthening the legal battle against the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI). “He went there to complete the preparations for filing claim for compensation. We have already told the BCCI officials at the ICC meeting that we intend to sue them for compensation,” Sethi explained.
Sethi while negotiating the terms of compensation surfaced the actual reasoning for putting such claims on card. In their words under the MoU in 2014, Pakistan and India were supposed to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 but India so far has been on the pedestal of defiance to play even one series. The grounds on which such exclusion has been taking place on BCCI’s account is the central government who has not been in its positive frame of mind to give it a clearance as there is cross-border terrorism issue that has put paid to resumption of bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan. The BCCI’s defiance in that regard is still in its ensuing stage despite of Pakistan’s effort on allowing their home series to be conducted at neutral venues including Sri Lanka. As a consequences of such refusal by BCCI, Pakistan claimed to loose nearly USD 200 million.
Since 2007, it has been ages that we haven’t seen India and Pakistan taking on each other exclusively in a full bilateral series. Thus, PCB since last year has been lingering on the same issue which has been successively rebuffed by BCCI all the time. Consequently the frequent exclusion led PCB to pursue all possible legal avenues to seek compensation from Indian board.
Sethi also asserted that England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke has individually reviewed the situation in Pakistan by leaving a proposition of having three T20 International between the home team and a World XI side. “Giles Clarke has reviewed security report of ICC experts & agreed 3 T20 matches in Pak end Sep of ICC Team of world’s TOP current players,” Sethi further tweeted.
However, it still seems to be implausible that the world’s top players will afford to risk their security to play in Pakistan.