Resolve Pak-Ind Series Issues Or We Won’t Sign Future Tours Program: PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made it clear that it will not sign any Future Tour Programme (FTP) until the dispute between Pakistan and India over bilateral series is resolved, said PCB Chairman Najam Sethi.

Speaking to a local media outlet, Sethi said that PCB is looking to finalize the matter between neighboring countries; be it in shape of an agreement or through compensation.

Talking about the matter, Najam Sethi said:

Our position is that the PCB’s agreement to the revised structures for international cricket is subject to the condition that the PCB has a valid agreement to play bilateral matches with India and that India vs Pakistan matches would be included in the Future Tour Programs (FTP).

There is still no confirmation regarding Pakistan and India’s representation in ICC’s dispute resolution panel. According to sources, it seems likely that the chairman of the committee, Micheal Beloff, will hear the case alone.

The matter will not be resolved quickly as it requires the committee to assess all the information and cross question board representatives and so on.

I think it will take eight to nine months for the ICC Dispute Resolution Comm­ittee to solve the dispute. And as the FTP will be implemented from 2019, the game’s governing body will have enough time to finalise the FTP after resolving our [Pakistan-India] case.

The PCB statement regarding the matter also highlighted the entire time-frame of the dispute.

PCB has also informed the ICC that it has initiated a dispute resolution process against the BCCI under the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee Terms of Reference. Further to that the PCB’s claim is based on an existing agreement with the BCCI which contemplates that India will tour Pakistan in December 2019, August 2020 and Nov – Dec 2022 and Pakistan will tour India in Nov – Dec 2021.

“Any agreement of the PCB to any new FTP structure will therefore be without prejudice to its existing claims against BCCI and will be subject to the outcome of the ICC dispute resolution process,” the statement added towards conclusion.

However, reliable sources claim that BCCI has not agreed to approve Pakistan-India series in its proposed FTP which had been approved by the board’s special general meeting (SGM) on Monday.

PCB is seeking $70 million for not honoring the MoU — a six series agreement between Pakistan and India — which was signed in 2014.

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