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Pakistan to be part of World Test, One-Day leagues only if India honours MoU: PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced that the team will be part of the newly announced World Test and One-day leagues only if the Indian cricket team honoured the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2014.

cricket Updated: Oct 17, 2017 19:45 IST
Press Trust of India
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India were scheduled to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 against Pakistan according to a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the BCCI and the PCB.(Getty Images)

The Pakistan Cricket Board has agreed to be a part of the World Test and One-day leagues, announced by the ICC, only if the BCCI honours the MoU signed between the two boards in 2014 to play bilateral series.

“PCB will only sign on the document for participating in the World Test and ODI leagues if India fulfils its obligations to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan outlined in the MoU signed between the two boards,” PCB chairman Najam Sethi told the media in Lahore.

Giving details of the ICC meetings held in Auckland which he attended, Sethi said Pakistan’s participation in the new ICC events was conditional.

The ICC, after its meetings in Auckland, announced that nine teams would take part in the World Test league scheduled to start after the 2019 World Cup with each team playing six series on home and away basis across two years.

Similarly, the ODI league will feature 13 teams with each team playing eight home and away series in two years time.

The leagues are being launched by the ICC to make the Test and ODI formats more meaningful.

Sethi said Pakistan had made it clear that it would only participate in the leagues only if the BCCI honoured the MoU document signed in 2014 and resumed playing bilateral cricket with Pakistan.

He noted that any Test or ODI league would be meaningless without Indo-Pak bilateral matches.

“The documents signed by participating boards have to be handed over to the relevant committee in three or four months time,” he said. “We will only sign if we get what we want. India fulfilling its obligations as per the MoU in 2014,” he said.

In the MoU, which Sethi signed with his BCCI counterpart, the two countries were slated to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 with Pakistan hosting the first series in 2015/16.

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 19:43 IST