DUBAI: The Pakistan Cricket Board, following its consultation process, will ask the Board of Control for Cricket in India to pay USD 70 million for failing to play two ‘home bilateral series. The Pakistan board is expected to file its claims to the ICC’s dispute resolution committee in a few days.
BCCI had signed an MoU in 2014 stating that India would play six bilateral series against Pakistan in the eight-year period from 2015 to 2023. However, due to political issues between the two countries, BCCI backed out from the agreement.
“Our case is that the BCCI signed an MoU with us in 2014 to play six bilateral series, starting with our home series, which they have not done as yet,” Najam Sethi, PCB chairman, told PTI. “Secondly they have avoided playing us in bilateral series since 2008 although they have no issues playing against us in ICC events.”
The BCCI had said that it did not get the required permission from its government to play against Pakistan in bilateral series, but played them recently in the ICC Champions Trophy. Sethi, on the other hand, said that Pakistan had no issues playing India at a neutral venue, but the Indian board didn’t agree to that either, due to which PCB had to face huge financial losses.
“We even offered to host our home series against them at neutral venue(s) to be mutually agreed by both of us,” he added. “In 2016, we even offered to host a limited overs series in Sri Lanka.”
PCB have already suffered huge losses with international teams refusing to tour Pakistan since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team bus. The board has had to shell out in millions to host their home games in UAE since then.