The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Wednesday (May 3), sent a notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not honouring the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the two boards signed in 2014.
The Indian and Pakistan cricket board, in 2014, had signed MoUs for six bilateral series to be played between 2015 and 2023 with Pakistan hosting four of them. However, the MoU has not been implemented due to the escalating political tensions between the two neighbour. The arch-rivals have not played a full bilateral Test series since 2007 when Pakistan visited India for three Tests and five One-Day Internationals. They played a short series of three ODIs and two T20s in India in December 2012 but otherwise both have faced each other only in the ICC organised events or the Asia Cup.
Any hope of seeing the two nations playing a bilateral series took further blow after last year’s Uri attacks in which 19 Indian soldiers were martyred. Anurag Thakur, the then BCCI president, had clearly stated that India would not resume the bilateral ties with Pakistan, even asking the International Cricket Council to not pit the two countries in the same group in ICC tournaments.
“The legal notice has been sent after our legal advisors consulted a reputable law firm in London and have prepared a strong legal case to get compensation from the Indians,” Press Trust of India quoted a PCB official as saying.
The PCB further stated that they have suffered big losses because of their Indian cricket board’s refusal to honour the MoU.
“The notice also says that due to India’s repeated refusal to commit itself to the MoU, three series have not been played since 2015 two of them which Pakistan was supposed to host,” he said.
“We were even willing to host our series at neutral venues as part of the deal but even then the BCCI kept on stalling us and then eventually refused,” the source added.