PCB's case against BCCI dismissed by ICC Dispute Panel
Pakistan Cricket Board’s case against Board of Control for Cricket in India was dismissed by ICC’s Dispute Panel, the world cricket body confirmed on Tuesday (November 20). PCB were seeking compensation for damages to the tune of $70 million from BCCI for not honouring the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two boards in 2014 to play a bilateral series. ICC had earlier said the decision from the panel will be final and cannot be challenged.
“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 ICC said in a release. The hearings in the case took place in Dubai from October 1-3.
That agreement between BCCI and PCB was the price the Indian board paid for Pakistan board’s approval of the ‘Big Three’ (India, Australia, England) governance changes; those changes were first voted in before being reversed. Per the MoU, the two countries were to play six series over eight years between 2015 and 2023.
The issue arose with India refusing to indulge in any bilateral cricket with Pakistan owing to the political tension and lack of government clearance despite the MoU being signed. BCCI had maintained that the proposed series can only go ahead following a clearance by the government.
India and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in 2013 in India and have only met in multi-team tournaments since then. The last Test series, also in India, was played in 2007.