BCCI asks Government of India for formal policy regarding India vs Pakistan Series

28 May 2018, 06:30 PM
India vs Pakistan Champions Trophy Final (File Photo)
India vs Pakistan Champions Trophy Final (File Photo)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has requested the Union government to share its position formally with regards to Indo-Pak bilateral cricket tournament, which has been put on hold since 2012 due to the political tension between the two countries.

"The BCCI would be grateful if you could formally convey the policy/position of the Government of India on the need or requirement of prior clearance from the Government of India for the Indian cricket team to play the Pakistan cricket in in-bound or out-bound tours," BCCI wrote to the ministry.

The BCCI has repeatedly cleared its take that it won’t be able to participate in any bilateral contests unless the government gives clearance.

The BCCI will soon head to ICC Disputes Resolution Forum where they will counter PCB’s compensation claim of worth USD 70 million for not honouring the MoU, signed in 2014. And it is understood that the richest board wants a formal conversation before it.

"These are routine communications on part of BCCI. It is our duty to seek permission from the government with regards to bilateral series. Our job is to ask and it's up to the government. We understand that bilateral series in prevailing circumstances is very difficult. But if we get a reply from the government in 'black and white', it will help us," a senior BCCI official told a leading press agency when asked about the latest email to the ministry.

Earlier, PCB had appealed to ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee, accusing the BCCI of going against the Future Tours & Programme (FTP) commitment, according to which they were required to play at least two away series against Pakistan on a neutral venue.

The ICC confirmed that Hon Michael Beloff QC will head the Dispute Panel in a release.

The governing body for cricket also made it clear that decision of the Dispute Panel shall be non-appealable.

The hearing is scheduled for October 1-3 in Dubai at the ICC headquarters.

First Published: Monday, May 28, 2018 06:25 PM
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