Pakistan sports committee wants India's hosting rights taken away

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Pakistan sports committee wants India's hosting rights taken away

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SportsCafe Desk

05/07/2017

The Pakistan National Assembly's standing sports committee has advised it's federations to launch a campaign to try and deny India from receiving hosting rights of international events. The committee feels that India has been undermining Pakistani players chance of competing at international events.

The National Assembly took the firm decision of campaigning against India after the Pakistani Wrestling and Squash federations claimed that their teams were denied visas by the Indian High Commission to compete in continental events.

Mushadullah Khan, who is the head of the committee, brought the matter into focus at a hearing in Islamabad on Thursday when he accused India of indulging in politics over sports.

"We need to collectively launch a campaign to make the world aware that international sporting events should not be given to India because they are mixing sports with politics,” Mushadullah said. 

The hearing was in regards to affairs of cricket and also present at the hearing was Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan who received the advice firsthand.

Shaharyar informed the committee about the dispute resolution notice that the PCB had sent to the BCCI.

“We have sent the BCCI a Notice of Dispute under the Dispute Resolution Committee Terms of Reference of the ICC as they have repeatedly breached the agreement executed between PCB and BCCI in respect of the Future Tour Programme for the period 2015-2023,” Khan said.

According to the notice, the PCB had suffered a loss of 60 million USD for every series that India refused to play with the national side and which was in breach of the FTP and MOU signed between the two boards in 2014.

“We have demanded compensation for our losses and we have asked them to respond in a week’s time. If they don’t accept our demand we will file a case before the ICC dispute resolution committee for hearing. Which will be the start of our legal process against them.”

“Under ICC laws, both the Boards have to accept the decision of the committee after our lawyers make their cases before them,” Khan added.

The PCB chief accused BCCI of twice refusing to hold a series against Pakistan between 2015-2017, even when the venues of the event were neutral. Shahyar also reminded that Pakistani team had made a strong gesture of goodwill towards the BCCI when they visited India in 2012-13 for a limited over series, “We did not get a penny from the series and the Indian Board earned from it. Yet after that they series they made no attempt to reciprocate our goodwill gesture.” 

The notice also demands compensation on accounts of the losses incurred due to the sale of broadcasting rights.

"And in both contracts, we lost revenues because in each contract around USD 40 million were to be paid to us for any bilateral series with India by the Broadcasters,” said Khan.

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