Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Aziz Sethi has said that the board would file a compensation claim against the Board of Control for Cricket in India with the ICC disputes resolution committee in the first week of January next year.
“We are having our final meeting with our law firm in London next week and we have decided to file the claim with the ICC disputes resolution committee in the first week of January,” Sethi said this while addressing a Press conference. He said the PCB Board of Governors had been briefed about the existing ties with India and they have approved the filing of the compensation claim.
“We are claiming compensation from the BCCI for not honouring a MoU to play 24 matches with us. They obviously have said they are not bound to pay us anything as they can’t play with us without government clearance,” Sethi said.
“Our first priority is that India should resume ties with us that would be an ideal situation. Both the boards can make money and people want to see Pakistan and India play. But if they don’t want to play then we are seeking millions in compensation from them,” he said.
“We have read media reports that the BCCI has sought clearance from its government to play Tests with us in the ICC Championship. I think they should get this clearance because when they can play with us in the ICC events then they can also play us in the Test Championship under the ICC umbrella.”
Asked what will happen if India refuses to play Pakistan in the ICC Test Championship, Sethi said: “There is no third option under ICC rules. If they don’t play with us they will forfeit the match and the points, it is as simple as that. “We have no problems playing with them in the Test Championship,” he added.