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PCB announces filing of compensation case against BCCI

"We see no chance of a Pakistan and India bilateral series"- PCB Chief

By Rashmi Nanda -

The Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan on Thursday has been confirmed that the PCB would file a compensation case against the Board of Control for Cricket in India for refusing to play Pakistan in bilateral series before the ICC Disputes Resolution Committee.

After a meeting of the Governors of the PCB, Khan said that a legal notice will be sent shortly to the Indian cricket Board then the PCB will file its case before the ICC Disputes Resolution Committee.

At a media conference in Lahore, Khan said, “We have now decided to pursue the legal course and we will be sending a notice to the BCCI after which we will move forward to recoup our losses as we want to play cricket and we don't believe in this matter of government and politics not allowing India not to play with us. We see no chance of a Pakistan and India bilateral series. Political relations have also been tense in the past but we still had cricket series.”

The PCB Chief further added, “But with the Modi government (in India) we don't think they (India) will play us in existing circumstances. India signed a proper MoU which is more off a contract between the two Boards to play six series out of which two have already been wasted while the third this year is also unlikely. As a result, we have suffered heavy losses of revenues.”

Khan also said that the Pakistan Cricket Board would be filing a legal case in the courts against the Indian cricket board if the ICC committee fails to resolve the issue and help Pakistan recoup its losses as India refusal to play Pakistan in bilateral series.

PCB chairman further said on this matter, “We are very hopeful as our case for compensation is very strong. But if we don't win there (at the ICC Disputes Resolution Committee), we are now prepared to file a legal case against the BCCI in court. We will go to the courts if the ICC Disputes Resolution Committee can't resolve our matter and help us recoup our losses.”

Khan also revealed that PCB has decided that they will now take a legal action against the BCCI after extensive discussions with the legal team of the Board. He added, “We can't just sit around and wait for them (BCCI) to say yes. They have not played a full bilateral series with us since 2007.”

The PCB chief also confirmed that Pakistan would be pushing at the ICC meeting in April to end the Big Three governance and financial system which is supported by India.  Shaharyar Khan added, “The draft of the new constitution was prepared at the last ICC meeting. India and Sri Lanka had opposed it while Zimbabwe abstained as they have some concerns with the new constitution as it put their Test status under scrutiny.”

Khan also claims that the Indian cricket board is trying to win the support of Zimbabwe as well to oppose the end of the Big Three governance system.

He added, “From what we know BCCI has also sent an 11-page report and they are now trying to win the support of Zimbabwe as well to oppose the end of the Big Three governance system. But we are confident the new constitution of the ICC will be approved and passed at the annual June meeting.”