ICC rejects Pakistan’s compensation claim against India on bilateral cricket

The International Cricket Council (ICC) dispute panel has dismissed Pakistan Cricket Board's case against BCCI seeking damages to the tune of USD 70mn due to India's non-participation in bilateral series.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Tuesday, dismissed the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) claim of compensation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not adhering to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was signed between the two nations for playing bilateral series. In 2014, BCCI and PCB had signed the MoU as per which the two countries were to play six bilateral cricket series between 2015 and 2023.

The BCCI, on its part, maintained that the alleged MoU was not binding and did not stand as Pakistan failed to honour a commitment to support the revenue model suggested by India for the ICC.

The Indian Board also said that bilateral cricket with Pakistan was subject to government clearance, which has not been forthcoming since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

“Following a three-day hearing and having considered detailed oral and written submissions, the Dispute Panel has dismissed the PCB’s claim against the BCCI. The judgement is binding and non-appealable,” ICC said in a release, hence concluding the matter.

Earlier, ICC chief executive David Richardson had asked the boards to sort out the matter within themselves and not seek the ICC Disputes Resolutions Committee.

“It is a matter between India and Pakistan. We would like the resumption of [cricket] ties between the two nations on a bilateral basis,” Richardson had said. “We will facilitate any settlement decision if we can. Other than that, it is up to the two nations.”

Pakistan and India have been involved in a bilateral series last when the Men in Gren visited India to play two T20Is and three one-day internationals in December 2012 and January 2013. The two teams, however, recently faced each other in Dubai during the Asia Cup which the Rohit Sharma-led side went on to win.

The only occasion before that was the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy where India and Pakistan had faced each other twice, including the final where Sarfraz Ahmed’s men defeated the Men in Blue to bag the title.

The ICC then constituted a three-member panel to resolve the dispute between the two board’s and look into the compensation claims of PCB. The hearing took place at ICC headquarters from October 1-3. Former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid was also present for cross-examination during the hearing. As per a senior BCCI official, India’s stance was proved right citing citing security concerns.

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