first_imgPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a notice of dispute against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to the International Cricket Council (ICC).PCB wants the Indian board to pay approximately USD 70 million as compensation for not playing two “home” bilateral series scheduled in 2014 and 2015.Next, an independent ICC committee will study the notice of dispute and see whether BCCI failed to fulfil a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) signed in 2014 to play bilateral series.”The ICC has received a Notice of Dispute from the PCB’s lawyers, which will be forwarded to the Chairman of the Dispute Resolutions Committee next week,” an ICC spokesman said on Thursday.The Pakistan board had completed its consultation process and finalised its compensation claim against the BCCI in September. “Our case is that the BCCI signed an MoU with us in 2014 to play six bilateral series, starting with our home series, which they have not done as yet. Secondly they have avoided playing us in bilateral series since 2008 although they have no issues playing against us in ICC events,” PCB chairman Najam Sethi said.The two sub-continental cricket giants have played only one bilateral series since the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. In December 2012, Pakistan had toured India for two T20 Internationals and three ODIs.Over the last several years, however, India and Pakistan have faced off in ICC events. In the Champions Trophy held in England earlier this year, India had defeated Pakistan in their tournament opener but lost the final to their arch-rivals.advertisementRecently, former India captain MS Dhoni, said the government was in the best position to see when bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan could resume.”An India vs Pakistan series is not just sports, it’s much more than that so the government is the best judge and up to them to take a call if we should play,” Dhoni said.However, the legendary Bishan Singh Bedi said one should not “narrow down the meaning of patriotism” by politicising bilateral cricketing relationship with Pakistan”Why politicise cricket? Have you been able to wipe off terrorism by not playing cricket? Cricket is a platform to come closer,” Bedi told PTI during an annual DDCA Conclave.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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