India vs Pakistan: ICC’s dispute resolution panel to offer solution to stand-off
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could be dragged into the International Cricket Council (ICC) dispute resolution panel by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after failing to resolve the stand-off over bilateral tours.cricket Updated: Sep 14, 2017 16:11 IST
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to be dragged to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) dispute resolution panel by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after the two Asian bodies failed to resolve the issues regarding their bilateral tours.
The PCB has regularly claimed that that BCCI has not fulfilled the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral tours. The PCB has also considered legal options if the problem is not resolved by the ICC.
“This process which is under the aegis of the ICC has now reached its final point. We’ve had our last meetings with India and the last one was under the chairmanship of (Shashank) Manohar. That process is over and the next stage will begin. We are in active consultation with our lawyers and we are recording our statements with our lawyers,” PCB chairman Najam Sethi was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“Within a month or two months at most, we will go back to the ICC — we have in fact already written a letter asking for the nomination of a three-member board that will look at all the issue. We have nominated one member already. This process is active and we intend to pursue it to its logical outcome.”
According to the ICC, both PCB and the BCCI have to try to resolve the problems. If they fail to do so in a period of two months, then the matter is referred to ICC’s dispute resolution panel, whose decision will be binding and cannot be appealed.
The two Asian boards had signed an MoU in 2014 to play six bilateral series, which included up to 14 Tests, 30 ODIs and 12 T20Is between 2015 and 2023, four of which were to be hosted by Pakistan.
But significantly the MoU included that all series were subject to government approval.
Currently, India and Pakistan play each other only in ICC and ACC events (Asia Cup) but have not played a bilateral series since December 2012 when Pakistan visited India for a limited-overs series.
“I understand that at the moment diplomatic relations between the two are not as rosy. For now anyway it seems the BCCI, without the positive affirmation from their government, don’t believe it is the time to play against Pakistan,” ICC CEO David Richardson said on the sidelines of the second T20I of the Independence Cup between Pakistan and World XI in Lahore on Wednesday.
He added that the ICC would play a facilitating role in trying to resolve the dispute.
“I know the PCB has been talking to the BCCI for a number of years to arrange tours with India, in Pakistan or neutral venues. The PCB have filed a complaint under the ICC dispute resolution process which is a mechanism we have to deal with any disputes between member countries. That process is a work in progress. At the moment ICC’s role in this is to facilitate in any dispute — we don’t like our members fighting with each other, being in dispute. We have a process to deal with it and we need to let it take its course.”
Pakistan are currently hosting a three-T20I series against World XI, their second international event since the Sri Lanka team bus attack in 2009.
The series is level at 1-1 with the decider to be held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Friday.