The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been handed approval for the reservation of rupees one billion in order to bear the legal costs of filing a compensation claim against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). “We have hired a British law firm to represent us in the case and file the compensation claim with the (ICC’s) disputes resolution committee,” PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Saturday (July 29).
The issue arose as a result of India refusing to indulge in any bilateral cricket with their neighbours over political tension and absence of government clearance despite an MoU being signed between the two boards in 2014. As a result, Khan said that the Pakistan board had little option but to seek compensation from their Indian counterparts. The BCCI didn’t respond to a notice of intent sent by the PCB, and three rounds of talks between officials had little outcome. The claim with the ICC committee was shortly after the BCCI failed to respond to the notice of intent. According to the signed MoU between the two countries, six bilateral series between 2015 and 2022 were to be played.
“With India refusing to play us in a bilateral series, we have lost millions in revenues,” Khan said adding that the PCB had already sent a notice to the Indian board seeking USD 69 million in compensation. “Even our broadcasting contract is clear that unless Pakistan and India don’t play a series or more during the tenure of the contract, a sizeable amount is deducted from the contract amount,” he added.
The PCB chief also confirmed that the World XI tour to Lahore that is scheduled to be played from September 12 later in the year was subject to clearance and security assurances from the Punjab government. “Giles Clarke who is organizing the tour as head of the ICC special task force on Pakistan cricket has some reservations over the delay in the PCB giving them clearance for the tour,” he said.
In addition, Khan also cleared the air about restoration of cricketing ties with the Afghanistan cricket board, saying that they wouldn’t budge until the the neighbouring country offered Pakistan a public apology. “The Afghanistan board has to apologize for the way they publicly gave a statement about Pakistan and Pakistan cricket. We were surprised at their statement because we have always supported Afghanistan cricket,” he said.