PCB to address the India-Pakistan bilateral series issue in the upcoming ICC meeting

PCB to address the India-Pakistan bilateral series issue in the upcoming ICC meeting

PCB Shahryar Khan
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan. (Photo credit Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is soon going to take up the issue of India’s bilateral series with Pakistan in November-December at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in April. Indo-Pak ties have been disrupted since the political and cross-border tension between the two countries has been on a high.

Chief of the Pakistani board Shaharyar Khan said PCB had done its homework on the legal options they have to press a case against BCCI for backing out to play Pakistan in a full bilateral series since 2007 which has resulted in losses of millions of dollars to Pakistan cricket.

“Our legal preparations are complete but first we will take up the issue of the scheduled series with India in November-December this year at the ICC meeting next month,” said Khan, a former career diplomat

The Pakistan board is well aware of the relations between the two cricketing rivals, has also invited Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the same window that the Indian team is supposed to participate in the bilateral series towards the end of the year.

Khan also said that since 2007, after the MOU was signed, PCB has suffered massive losses since India had refused to give Pakistan even a chance to host its due series at a neutral venue.

“We have lost at least two home series against India and that calculates to millions of dollars in revenues for us,” he said.

He further revealed that once the ICC meeting is held and the team takes up the end of the year series, the board will thereafter decide on its future course of action.

“We have not ruled out legal processes to be compensated for our huge losses caused by the refusal of India to play us,” he said.

Khan also admitted that the Federation of International Cricketers Association was acting as a huge obstacle in the path of international cricket returning to Pakistan.

“We held the final of the Pakistan Super League successfully in Lahore but even now test playing boards are not receptive to sending their teams to Pakistan because of security concerns,” he concluded.