India should play cricket with Pakistan or compensate us for damages, says Sethi
Najam Sethi, the Executive Committee Chairman of PCB, told that the board has demanded monetary compensation from the Board of Cricket Control for India (BCCI) and International Cricket Council (ICC) for damages after India backed off from playing the bilateral series.
“We have mentioned it clearly to BCCI and ICC in recent meeting that either India should play cricket with Pakistan or compensate us for damages,” said Najam Sethi while talking to media after meeting of PCB Governing Board.
“We have also demanded compensation from ICC as PCB is suffering financially because of non-fulfilment of BCCI’s commitment to play cricket series with Pakistan” he added.
Earlier, the president of BCCI Anurag Thakur requested the ICC to not put Pakistan and India in the same group during multi-nation ICC events.
Thakur said, “Keeping in mind that the [Indian] government has adopted a new strategy to isolate Pakistan and in view of the public sentiment in the country, we request ICC not to put India and Pakistan in the same pool of the multi-nation tournaments.”
The two rival countries have not played any bilateral series since December 2012-2013 when Pakistan visited the neighbouring country and claimed the series. However, the arch-rivals came head-to-head in various ICC events.
Pakistan and Indian women’s team are likely to play each other in Asia Cup in Thailand.