PCB Chairman, Najam Sethi is in the UK and meeting with a British legal firm for advise.
PCB’s chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmad has also flown to London. The PCB’s board of governors has approved an amount of over US$1 million to cover the expenses and legal costs of filing the appeal and fighting the case before the ICC disputes resolution committee, Sethi has revealed, PTI has reported form Karachi.
“The claim will be formally filed with the ICC any day now as the PCB has been told it has very good chances of winning the compensation claim against the BCCI,” says a PCB official.
The PCB is seeking compensation from the BCCI for not honouring a MoU signed between the two boards in 2014 under which the two countries were to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.
“PCB is confident of success because since 2015 it has offered the BCCI to even play at neutral venues if their government is not interested in sending the team to Pakistan or inviting Pakistan team India for security reasons,” the official said.
The BCCI has maintained it can’t play any bilateral matches against Pakistan without the clearance of its government.
The issue of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan is not just about the security concerns. It is more of a diplomatic matter between the two nations with the Indian State maintaining that “cricket and terrorism cannot run simultaneously” in an obvious reference to the terrorists activities being perpetrated in India from across the border.