Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Monday that they will not agree to sign on any future tour program (FTP) proposed by the International Cricket Council unless there is a bilateral series in it against India.
On the other hand, Board of Cricket Control India (BCCI) came up with an FTP in a special meeting which did not include any contests against the neighbouring country, Pakistan.
“PCB has informed the ICC that it has initiated a dispute resolution process against the BCCI under the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee Terms of Reference,” PCB said in a press release.
“Further to that, the PCB’s claim is based on an existing agreement with the BCCI which contemplates that India will tour Pakistan in December 2019, August 2020 and Nov-Dec 2022 and Pakistan will tour India in Nov-Dec 2021,” the official statement added.
PCB has stated that they will agree on the proposed FTP after the result of dispute resolution program.
“Under the prevailing circumstances, it is PCB’s position that if the Dispute Resolution Committee decides the dispute in PCB’s favour, then any FTP will need to be adjusted to reflect the decision.
“Any agreement of the PCB to any new FTP structure will therefore be without prejudice to its existing claims against BCCI and will be subject to the outcome of the ICC dispute resolution process,” the PCB added.
PCB’s stance is that as BCCI signed an official MoU, so a bilateral series between the two countries should be a part of FTP.
“Our position is that PCB’s agreement to the revised structures for international cricket is subject to the condition that PCB has a valid agreement to play bilateral matches with India and India versus Pakistan matches would be included in the FTP,” it said.
Whereas, BCCI emphasizes that the reason that Indo-Pak matches cannot take place outside ICC’s events involves various factors.
“It is something which…it is a question which is embedded not in the matrix of cricket alone. That is publicly recognised. Unless you put together all factors that determine an event, it is futile attempting to answer that question,” BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said.