Pakistan has kicked off a legal battle against India for not honouring a bilateral cricket series agreement, the sport’s governing body confirmed Thursday.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is seeking US70 million in compensation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India after the country failed to attend two series in 2014 and 2015 as part of a memorandum of understanding signed between the two boards.
The International Cricket Council confirmed receiving the notice.
“The ICC has received a Notice of Dispute from the PCB’s lawyers, which will be forwarded to the Chairman of the Dispute Resolutions Committee next week,” a spokesman of the ICC said.
The ICC Dispute Resolution Committee is headed by Michael Beloff QC who will appoint independent adjudicators to hear the case.
The PCB sent a legal notice to their counterparts earlier this year but Indian officials rejected the memorandum as “a piece of paper”.
The arch-rivals have not played a full bilateral series since 2007. New Delhi halted all bilateral sports with Pakistan in the wake of 2008 Mumbai attacks, which India blamed on militants based in Pakistan. Those attacks, which left eight people dead and seven Sri Lanka players and their staff injured, suspended international cricket in Pakistan and forced them to play at neutral venues of United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The PCB had earmarked December as the time it would send in the notice, from as early as this summer. But its timing is interesting nonetheless because on December 7, chief executives of all boards will gather in Singapore to finalise details of cricket’s new international calendar.
The PCB has previously said it is resigned to not playing against India in the Test and ODI leagues itself, but had pushed instead to incorporate contests in a window outside the leagues.
At an ICC board meeting in Auckland in October, the PCB and other Full Members approved in principle a change to the international calendar after the 2019 World Cup. But the Pakistan board maintained that their final sign off will depend on the BCCI honouring that agreement.
Ignoring the two cancelled series now in dispute, the PCB says it has 24 international matches with India which it wants to incorporate in the new cycle: nine games in December 2019, 10 in August 2020 and five in November-December 2022.—APP