BCCI has declined to pay any compensation to the PCB for not playing bilateral series with the neighboring nation. The Board of Control for Cricket in India maintains that no formal agreement is executed between the two cricket boards. “The PCB is trying to present an MoU as a formal agreement.”
The BCCI in its response to the PCB’s demand for a Rs 440 crore ($69,576,405) compensation, has maintained that the Indian board was not liable to compensate the PCB. The PCB on May 3rd had sent a formal letter to the BCCI, citing breaches of an MoU signed between both the cricket boards in April 2014. The PCB had stated that said the breaches have caused it a possible revenue loss of Rs 440 ($69,576,405) crore rupees and mentioned that the “BCCI is liable to compensate Pakistan for the same”.
InsideSport is in possession of the April 9, 2014 letter written by then BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel to the then PCB chairman Najam Sethi. PCB had invoked the same document to seek compensation from the BCCI.
The letter suggests that the BCCI and PCB have arrived at an understanding to play six bilateral series between December 2015 and December 2022, involving a total of 12 Tests, 25 ODIs, 12 T-20s. BCCI, in addition, has also committed to “make all efforts to engage in a limited over format tour of Pakistan in November 2014 based on the availability of possible dates”. PCB is invoking the same letter in its favour.
However, the letter further states that the “BCCI and PCB will enter into a long form agreement in respect of the above future tours”.
The cross-border terrorism and unprovoked attacks on Indian defense posts from across the border have since escalated the tension between the two nations. The BCCI did never get a permission form the Union Government to engage in a bilateral cricket event with Pakistan even at a neutral venue. The government had gone with the sentiments of the nation as “bullet and cricket” can’t go on simultaneously.
The BCCI reply to the PCB letter of May 3rd states that “in any event, the BCCI is not responsible for (i) not engaging in a limited over format short tour to Pakistan in November 2014; and/or (ii) playing the series scheduled for December 2015 since the same (as you are well aware) are, by their very nature, dependent on a whole host of factors including but not limited to the absence of necessary approvals/permissions/clearances (including from the Government of India), which are beyond the control of BCCI.
“Needless to state, this response is without prejudice to any rights, remedies and contentions available to the BCCI in relation to your Letter… Nothing contained in your Letter shall be deemed to be admitted by the BCCI,” the BCCI’s strong response states.
The PCB is trying to use India’s weakened position at the ICC. Sources in the BCCI maintain that the ICC top brass has been lobbying with Pakistan and Australia to diminish India’s hold and clout in the world cricket. The powers that be in the ICC are also alleged to have some support in the new BCCI structure.
It may be recalled Cricket South Africa too has been trying to arm-twist BCCI. CSA on Tuesday has asked the BCCI to either approve Indian cricket teams tour of South Africa, else Proteas would not release their players for IPL.