ICC sets up three-member panel to review PCB's compensation claims against BCCI

ICC sets up three-member panel to review PCB’s compensation claims against BCCI

The PCB is preparing to sue the BCCI for damages, something which will be reviewed by the ICC.

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Earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had asked the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee to look into their matters of compensation claims against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). PCB implicated the BCCI for dishonoring the Future Tours & Programme (FTP) commitment clause, which implied that India will have to play at least two away series against Pakistan at any neutral venue.

Replying to the above matters, the ICC has composed a three-member dispute resolution panel to review the PCB compensation claims worth USD 60 million against the BCCI for not meeting the conditions mentioned in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

A three-member constituted committee will have a look at the whole matter

The MoU also stated that the arch-rivals should be playing five bilateral series during an eight-year period between 2015-2023. Both India and Pakistan last played each other in a bilateral affair, last in 2012. In its latest press release, the ICC confirmed the formation of a three-member dispute panel which will be headed by Hon Michael Beloff QC  as the chairperson of the committee. The other two members nominated to be part of the committee will be Jan Paulsson and Dr. Anabelle Benett AO, SC.

“The International Cricket Council today confirmed that the Hon Michael Beloff QC will chair the Dispute Panel in the matter of proceedings between the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The two other members of the panel, which has been established under the Terms of Reference of the ICC Disputes Resolution Committee, are Jan Paulsson and Dr. Anabelle Benett AO, SC,” noted the statement released by the ICC as quoted by Hindustan Times.

The hearing for the above matters is scheduled to take place at the ICC headquarters in Dubai from October 1-3. The released statement also mentioned that the decision made by the dispute panel will remain the final verdict and it cannot be challenged.

“The hearing will take place as per article 10.4 of the Terms of Reference of the ICC Disputes Resolution Committee, the decision of the Dispute Panel shall be non-appealable and shall remain the full and final decision in relation to the matter and binding on all parties,” further added the released statement.

We need to receive permission from the Indian government to play Pakistan in a bilateral series: BCCI

A senior BCCI official revealed that the BCCI has a pretty simple condition which states that they can only play Pakistan in a bilateral series, after seeking proper approval of the Indian government. However, the political tensions and the sensitive issues have forced the arch-rivals to only meet each other on the cricket field at ICC tournaments.

“Our contention is pretty simple. We will play Pakistan in ICC or multi-nation tournaments like Asia Cup but can’t engage in a bilateral series until we get a go-ahead from the union government. There are certain sensitive issues that we need to take note of. It’s not that ICC is unaware of what the circumstances are. The hearing is in October and there is still some time. Let’s wait and watch,” added a senior BCCI official.

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