PCB set to challenge India legally over refusal to play bilateral tie: Shaharyar

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Shaharyar Khan
Shaharyar Khan — AFP/File

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan has said that the board is once again looking forward to press a case against the Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for refusing to play a full bilateral series against Pakistan since 2007.

Shaharyar said PCB has looked into the legal options available to make the case heavy against it’s Indian counterpart.

According to the former diplomat, India’s refusal to play the tie has resulted in losses worth millions of dollars for the PCB and they will also take up the issue in the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in April.

“Our legal preparations are complete but first we will take up the issue of the scheduled series with India in November-December this year at the ICC meeting next month,” Shaharyar told Press Trust of India (PTI) on Friday.

“We want to first talk with the new representatives of Indian cricket board in the ICC meeting and ask them about the status of the scheduled series under the MOU signed between both boards in 2014.”

Due to increasing political tensions the neighbouring countries haven’t been able to play bilateral ties.

There was a one-off limited overs series hosted in India in 2012. While international teams have refused to go to Pakistan citing security issues, India have refused to play Pakistan even at neutral venues.

According to a MoU signed by India, they are expected to play Pakistan in November-December this year. Previously, BCCI had violated several of its agreements made in the MoU with Pakistan.
“We have lost at least two home series against India and that calculates to millions of dollars in revenues for us,” said Shaharyar.

“We have not ruled out legal processes to be compensated for our huge losses caused by the refusal of India to play us.”

Pakistan have made attempts to bring international cricket back home.

Recently, Lahore hosted the final of the Pakistan Super League and the PCB is now urging the Bangladesh Cricket Board to send their team for a series in Pakistan.

Earlier this year, the Giles Clark-led ICC’s Pakistan Task Force believed bringing cricket back to Pakistan will send across a strong message of peace and prosperity.

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