International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive, David Richardson has told the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to put to ground the political issues and start playing bilateral series.
Talking about the legal dispute between the two boards, the top official observed that ICC wants the resumption of bilateral ties between the two countries.
We obviously don’t enjoy the fact that two country boards are in dispute between each other. It is a matter between India and Pakistan. We would like the resumption of ties between the two nations on a bilateral basis.
The two countries had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), deciding to play six bilateral series between 2015 to 2023, however, the Indian cricket board has backed away from the agreement while maintaining that the PCB has violated some of the clauses mentioned in the agreement.
Falling prey to political tensions, cricket has suffered and the fans have been longing to see the two nations play full-fledged series for a long time now.
The Legal Dispute
Due to the losses – $70 million – incurred by PCB due to the BCCI backing off from 2014 and 2015 series, Pakistan had recorded a legal dispute with the international cricketing regulatory body, the hearing for which is scheduled between October 01 and 03.
Earlier, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani lashed out at BCCI for adopting a contradictory approach regarding playing against Pakistan; India plays against its neighbor at international events but doesn’t agree to any bilateral series.
Pakistan would be represented by PCB General Manager Legal Affairs Salman Naseer, Alexandros Panayides and LMA Ebrahim Hosain of Clifford Chance, London, and Supreme Court of Pakistan Advocate Khwaja Ahmad Hossain.
Michael Beloff will chair the ICC dispute panel, also comprising of Annabelle Bennett and Jan Paulsson.
Richardson maintained that ICC would facilitate any settlement if the two boards agree.