PCB vs BCCI
ICC dismissed the case of PCB seeking compensation from BCCI on the refusal of playing the bilateral series in Pakistan. The plea of PCB has been dismissed by the ICC Dispute Panel Community. “The the judgement was “binding and non-appealable,” said the panel.
In 2014, when ICC offered Big Three powers to Australia, England and India, PCB showed its complete support under some agreement with its arch-rival. Pakistan claimed that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BCCI to play six bilateral series between the years 2015 and 2023. According to agreement four out of six of those series were supposed to be hosted by Pakistan. However, none of the things happened as per the agreement.
The reason appeared of cancelling the scheduled series was the political turmoil between two countries. BCCI in its defence of breaking the agreement claimed that the decision of touring other country depended on the permission of Indian government. However, PCB didn’t agree, claiming that the BCCI has lacked in conviction to play against Pakistan.
PCB Demanded Compensation
The PCB submitted the case in September 2018 and went head-to-head in a legal battle with BCCI, demanded a compensation of $63 million for two series that was supposed to host by Pakistan in November 2014 and December 2015, as per the agreement, which for some reason did not take place.
The major reason BCCI gave of refusing to play in Pakistan is an unstable political situation between two countries. Since 2008 Mumbai attack the relationship between the two nations turned sour and political interference started to happen in sports. BCCI officials had previously made it clear that the decision of Indian cricket team tour would finalize on the Indian Prime Minister’s office.
After ICC termed the case as “non-appealable”, PCB the decision with “regret” and “disappointment,” and said that it would “determine its future course of action in this regard after detailed deliberations and consultation with its stakeholders.”
This article was originally published on ESPNCricinfo.