PCB prepares for $70m compensation tussle with BCCI

The case is regarding the 2014 MOU concerning the two countries.

India has cut all bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan since 2012. (ICC)

Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) is in a continuous strive to get one over the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) in the ongoing financial compensation case between the two countries. 

The PCB has officially launched a complaint against BCCI for not honouring the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both boards in 2014, when the N Srinivasan led BCCI asked for PCB's agreement to the "BIG 3" reforms that England, India and Australia were seeking to be installed in the workings of the game's governing body ICC. 

Since then, the BCCI continues to deny signing any such document and various of its administrators point to the lack of written confirmation of India's adhering to the MOU as well as the clause that makes any such series possible only if the government on either side gives a go ahead. The world knows Indian government's views regarding the matter, where under the prime ministership of Narender Modi India doesn't want any bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan due to the security reasons. 

Pakistan and India were supposed to play six bilateral series starting from 2015 till 2023, four of which were supposed to be hosted by the Men in Green. However, the BCCI hasn’t fulfilled its commitment; citing political tension between the two countries as the reason for canceling all bilateral ties. PCB officials, including chairman Najam Sethi, COO Subhan Ahmed and others, will meet lawyers in the United Kingdom next week, as the PCB seeks $ 70m compensation from the BCCI. 

Meanwhile, to resolve this matter the ICC constituted a three-member dispute resolution committee which will hear both parties on October 3 in Dubai later this year. According to sources, both PCB and BCCI have submitted their written responses to the committee and are now waiting to receive a reply. 

It is highly likely that the clause where the government permission is needed for any series to transpire, work largely in favour of the BCCI. 

(Inputs from Tribune Express)


By Kashish Chadha - 06 Jul, 2018

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