BCCI is slack to its commitment made during ‘Big Three’MOU: PCB
The Pakistan Cricket Board said BCCI must fulfill its promise to Pakistan for supporting the BIG 3 system at ICC.
Shaharyar Khan told reporters on Saturday night at a function that Pakistan had its own reasons for supporting the ‘Big Three’ because the Indian cricket board BCCI promised them to resume the bilateral series with Pakistan.
“It is true that we agreed to the ‘Big Three’ system after the Indian cricket board promised us it would renew cricketing ties with us and they eventually also signed the MOU with us to play six series between 2015 and 2023,” the PCB chief said.
Khan said the MOU of ‘Big Three’was sort of rewarding bilateral series. “We want the BCCI to honor its commitment made to us through the MOU and I am still optimistic the series could happen eventually,” he said.
As per the MOU first India and Pakistan was scheduled to play two Tests, five ODIs and a T20 in December this year in the UAE.
But, BCCI is unwilling to play Pakistan owing to political tension between the two countries. But, Shaharyar Khan said he would not feel betrayed if India didn’t honour its promise made in the MOU. “Restoration of bilateral cricket ties with India was one of the main reasons for signing the ‘Big Three’ document but we had our other compulsions as well to support the ‘Big Three’ governance system.”
The PCB for a long time is asking BCCI to confirm the series. It already sent a letter to the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur this week to confirm the series as soon as possible as time is running out to prepare for the matches.
Under the ‘Big Three,’system cricket has largely become an Australia, England and India centric. These three countries also draw the lion’s share of the ICC’s annual income.
India played a bilateral series against in 2007. Since the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack snapped all bilateral ties with PCB