The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Dispute Panel on Tuesday dismissed the financial claim made by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
PCB had filed the case against BCCI owing to an agreement the two boards signed in 2014 to play six series over eight years between 2015 and 2023. However, India has out-rightly denied playing any bilateral series against Pakistan, however, the two teams have been playing against each in ICC tournaments.
The primary reason for the BCCI’s refusal to tour is political. Ties between the two countries have been strained since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and BCCI officials had made it clear that the decision to tour ultimately hinges on the Indian Prime Minister’s office.
Because of this, PCB wanted compensation of USD 69 million (INR 447 Crores) for the two series which was scheduled to take place November 2014 and December 2015 as per the agreement, but never did.
PCB had sought damages from the Indian cricket board to the tune of USD 70 million for not honouring the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two boards in 2014 to play bilateral series. However, after a three-day hearing, the ICC announced the outcome on behalf of the Dispute Panel.
In a media release, ICC said,
“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. The judgement, which can be found here in full, is binding and non-appealable.”
New PCB and the former ICC chief Ehsan Mani has been making a lot of noise lately and was quite positive about PCB winning this case, however, ICC have clearly sided with the BCCI and have sounded their verdict in India’s favour.