PCB sends notice of dispute to BCCI

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PCB sends notice of dispute to BCCI

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SportsCafe Desk

05/04/2017

The PCB has sent a dispute notice to the BCCI for failing to fulfil the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the two boards had signed in 2014 for cricketing encounters between India and Pakistan during the period of 2015 to 2023. The BCCI now has seven days to respond to the notice.

The PCB also claimed that it had incurred losses as India did not tour Pakistan in December 2015 and later PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan had insisted that the board had suffered losses totalling to $200 million. The PCB wanted to take the legal route initially, but according to the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee's terms of reference, an ICC member should enact Clause 5, which covers good-faith negotiations and make three attempts to resolve the dispute.

Now, according to the terms of the reference, the BCCI has one week to respond to the PCB and if the response is positive, it will lead to a meeting between officials from both boards to try and settle the issue. However, if a solution is not found it would result in the matter being referred to the ICC dispute resolution committee, which will form a panel to hear the case.

The PCB also clarified that Pakistan will not be touring India as scheduled in the Future Tours Programme (FTP) in 2018 because the cycle of bilateral fixtures had to start with Pakistan as hosts. Pakistan’s dispute notice to the BCI comes on the back of the ICC awarding six points to their Women’s cricket team, after the BCCI failed to give "acceptable reasons" for not participating in a bilateral series, as part of the ICC Women's Championship.

The PCB and BCCI had signed an MoU in 2014 to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023, with four of those being hosted by Pakistan. The cycle was scheduled to start with Pakistan hosting two Tests and five ODIs at a mutually acceptable venue, but the BCCI did not agree to the same.

Finally, the PCB and BCCI made an attempt to play in December 2015, with Sri Lanka as a possible venue for the series and leaders from both the boards even met ECB President Giles Clarke in Dubai, who acted as a mediator for the meeting but as the date approached the BCCI remained unresponsive towards PCB and the series was scrapped due to no official confirmation from India.

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