Pakistan Cricket Board has put a condition to participate in the ICC Test and ODI leagues. PCB chairman Najam Sethi has said that Pakistan will not sign up for the leagues if India did not honour Memorandum of Understanding to play bilateral matches.
While the BCCI has repeatedly snubbed Pakistan’s request for resumption of ties, the PCB wants its Indian counterpart to honour its commitment under the bilateral MoU signed, which is subjected to clearance from the Government of India.
“Pakistan will sign provided we get bilateral matches with India, no less than those agreed in the MoU of 2014, and without prejudice to our legal position viz MoU in which 24 matches are listed in period until 2023,” Sethi was quoted as saying by the Dawn.
The ICC Board last week had approved a nine-team Test league over a period of two years. The league is scheduled to start after the 2019 World Cup and each team plays six series on a home-and-away basis, culminating in a World Test League Championship final.
The 13-team ODI league will be a direct qualification route to the ICC Cricket World Cup. The league will be contested by the 12 full members and the ICC World Cricket League champions. The first edition is scheduled to feature each side playing four home and four away series having three ODIs each.
Bilateral home and away ties between India and Pakistan was biggest question emerging for the completion of the proposed league formats.
In 2014, both Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the PCB had signed a Memorandum of Understanding which stated that the two arch-rivals will play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.
India was scheduled to play six series against Pakistan, four of them were going to be Pakistan’s home series. Pakistan was expected to generate bulk of revenue in these eight years from hosting India but since BCCI denied playing the series in wake of tensions between the two countries, the PCB is suffering huge financial losses due to it.