The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) haven’t had in a great relations lately. The two Asian heavyweights had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2014 to play bilateral cricket in both home and away setting. However, the BCCI didn’t honor the contract and hence, PCB has been trying to claim a compensation. They had raised an appeal with the International Cricket Council (ICC) which was rejected on Tuesday.
As per the MoU, the arch-rivals were set to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. But the BCCI citing government denial didn’t agree to play Pakistan even at a neutral venue. Since the understanding between the two boards relations between India and its neighbours are quite tensed and there’s no possibility of them playing outside of an ICC tournament or a multinational event. The last bilateral cricket they played was back in 2012-13 when Pakistan was in India for a limited-overs tour.
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PCB has expressed that they have suffered huge financial damages as the BCCI did not honor the commitment and sought USD 70 million as compensation. As per the ICC release the dispute was handed over to the Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) which would hear and make a decision on the case. After hearing both the sides for three days it was not satisfied with the oral and written submissions by the PCB and thus rejected its appeal.
Moreover, the DRC’s judgement is not just dwelling on both the parties but none can further challenge it with an appeal.
Explaining the scenario, ICC press release read, “On behalf of the Dispute Panel formed under the Terms of Reference of the ICC Disputes Resolutions Committee (DRC), the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the outcome of the recent DRC proceedings between the BCCI and the PCB. 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.”