Ehsan Mani, who has been elected as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has vowed to push his country’s case at the legal committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) over India pulling out of two bilateral series. Also Read - Coronavirus: Pakistan Coach Misbah-ul-Haq Wants Extension of ICC World Test Championship Cycle
“Their (Indian) policy has been overall contradicting because they are always ready to play in multinational tournaments like Asia Cup and World Cup but pull out on bilateral arrangements,” Mani said on Tuesday. Also Read - Stakeholders Eyeing September-November Window to Conduct IPL 2020: Reports
In 2014, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and PCB, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which stated that the two arch-rivals would play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. According to the 2014 agreement, India was scheduled to play six series against Pakistan, four of them were going to be Pakistan’s home series. Also Read - Coronavirus Crisis: Asia Cup Will Not be Held This Year, Claims BCCI Official
Pakistan was expected to generate the bulk of revenue in these eight years by hosting India, but since the BCCI has denied playing the series in wake of tension between the two countries, the PCB suffered huge financial losses. India cancelled series with Pakistan in 2014 and 2015. Pakistan was scheduled to stage both series and claimed losses of nearly $70 million.
The BCCI in 2017 had rejected the PCB’s demand for compensation for not honouring the MoU, saying the MoU was not binding and also raised the issue of security problems in Pakistan.
In May 2017, the PCB had sent a legal notice to its Indian counterpart for failing to honour the MoU.
Despite not playing a full-fledged bilateral series against Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India has played its neighbour on a number of occasions in International Cricket Council (ICC) events, with the most recent coming in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. However, Pakistan did tour India for a short series in December 2012.
They are scheduled to meet this month in the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
While the BCCI has repeatedly snubbed Pakistan’s request for resumption of ties, the PCB wanted its Indian counterpart to honour its commitment under the MoU signed, which is subjected to clearance from the Government of India.
Their legal case before the ICC dispute panel begins on October 1. “If it was at an earlier stage, I could have sat with the BCCI at the table to sort this out, but the process has started and gone too far to be pulled back,” Mani said.
The PCB, on Twitter, said its Board of Governors had elected Mani, the former ICC boss, unopposed. Mani will succeed Najam Sethi as PCB chief. Sethi stepped down from the role on 21 August, wishing “PCB all the best and hope our cricket team goes from strength to strength”.
(With inputs from agencies)