PCB case against BCCI dismissed by ICC dispute panel

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Hardik Pandya

The ICC has dismissed a compensation claim by Pakistan over India’s refusal to honour an agreement to play bilateral series.

The dispute centred on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) according to which India and Pakistan had agreed to play six bilateral series between 2015-2023, four of which would be hosted by Pakistan.

The PCB had filed a compensation claim of $70 million.

But India refused to play Pakistan citing the Indian government’s objections due to strained relations with Pakistan.

The ICC said in a statement: “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 decision is non-appealable.”

The dispute centred on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) according to which India and Pakistan had agreed to play six bilateral series between 2015-2023, four of which would be hosted by Pakistan.

The PCB had filed a compensation claim of $70 million.

But India refused to play Pakistan citing the Indian government’s objections due to strained relations with their Asian neighbours.

The MoU was a reward to Pakistan for backing the “Big Three” plan according to which India, Australia and England had the major share of power and revenues of world cricket.

However, that arrangement fell apart and the BCCI refused to accept the MoU as a legal document.

The two sides have not played a full series since Pakistan’s tour of India in 2007.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which has reportedly spent $1 million fighting the case, described the decision as “disappointing.”

The PCB said: “Following a lengthy dispute resolution process, the announcement of the decision has come as a disappointment.

“PCB will determine its future course of action in this regard after detailed deliberations and consultations with its stakeholders.”

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