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Shaharyar Khan: PCB yet to decide on nature of legal action against BCCI

By Rashmi Nanda -

Shaharyar Khan, the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board hinted that the Pakistan Cricket Board is up till now to make a decision on the nature of legal recourse it would take against the Board of Control for Cricket in India for not honoring a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to play bilateral series.

Khan told PTI, “We might appoint a international barrister, a QC to advise us on our next step. But we have options of filing a case with either the Dispute Resolutions Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the International Court of Arbitration for Sports or in an international court of law,” 

The PCB Chief added, “What is happening in the BCCI is there internal matter. But the PCB has decided that it must be compensated by either cricket matches or money for the losses it has suffered due to the BCCI not honoring the MoU signed between the two Boards in 2014. We have consulted top legal experts and they have told us the MoU signifies intent and a contract,” 

He said the Pakistan board had faced losses of revenues in excess of USD 100 million because of the BCCI not honoring the MoU.

Khan said that the Pakistan board had been bereaved of the opportunity to play two series because of the negative response of the Indian board for bilateral cricket.

The PCB Chief added, “Under the MoU, the two Boards are to play six series four of which we will host between 2015 and 2023. Even before the MoU they owed us a home series for the Test tour we made to India in 2007,” 

Khan was not confident of any cricket match will be playing between India and Pakistan this year. He stated, “That is why we have now decided to pursue this matter legally. Because we have suffered financially and we need funds.”