New Delhi: In order to resolve the issue of bilateral series with India, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set to take the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) dispute resolution panel.
PCB has blamed BCCI for not fulfilling a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral tours signed between the two neighbouring cricket boards.
According to an ESPNCricinfo report, PCB is now looking to take the matter to the ICC. In case the ICC fails to come up with the solution, the board is exploring options to take legal action against BCCI having already hired a UK-based law firm.
“This process which is under the aegis of the ICC has now reached its final point. We’ve had our last meetings with India and the last one was under the chairmanship of [former BCCI president and current ICC chairman Shashank] Manohar. That process is over and the next stage will begin. We are in active consultation with our lawyers and I and others are recording our statements with our lawyers,” the PCB chairman Najam Sethi was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“Within a month or two months at most, we will go back to the ICC – we have in fact written a letter already asking for the nomination of a three-member board that will look at all these issues. We have nominated one member already. This process is active and we intend to pursue it to its logical outcome,” he added.
ICC Happy to Help
The report further states that ICC is looking to resolve the dispute but is aware of the tense relations between the two countries.
“As you know when it comes to ICC events, there is no question [that] if India are drawn against Pakistan, they will play,” ICC CEO David Richardson said.
“On the question of bilateral series between the countries, all bilateral series are agreed upon a bilateral basis. I understand that at the moment diplomatic relations between the two are not as rosy as they could be. For now anyway it seems the BCCI, without the positive affirmation from their government, don’t believe it is the time to play against Pakistan,” he added.
“I know the PCB has been talking to the BCCI for a number of years to arrange tours with India, in Pakistan or neutral venues. The PCB have filed a complaint under the ICC dispute resolution process which is a mechanism we have to deal with any disputes between member countries. That process is a work in progress. At the moment ICC’s role in this is to facilitate in any dispute – we don’t like our members fighting with each other, being in dispute. We have a process to deal with it and we need to let it take its course,” Richardson said.
On no Indian in World XI
Meanwhile, Richardson also acknowledged that it would have been difficult to include Indian players in the World XI and said both PCB and Andy Flower, World XI coach, opted for the practical approach.
“You cannot ignore the political situation that is between India and Pakistan at the moment and the difficulties that might exist,” he said.
“India is about to tour Australia and this tour was sandwiched between a very busy FTP [Future Tours Programme]. One of the reasons why many South Africans are in this team is because they haven’t been playing recently. In India’s case they genuinely are a very busy country. From a political point of view, obviously, if an Indian player would have been a part of this tour you can imagine the level of focus he would have attracted and the pressures it would have brought from the security point of view. I think Andy Flower and the PCB have taken a practical approach.”