Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will take legal action against BCCI if they finally not play the series in Sri Lanka.
The PCB and BCCI after a series of talks agreed to play the series in Sri Lanka. BCCI president Shashank Manohar refused to send Indian team in UAE as it is not a safe venue for cricket matches.
It was a letter of April 2014 sent by the then the Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan to PCB which bound India to a commitment to play Pakistan this month, leading to the present clamour.
BCCI had agreed to play two Test matches, five ODIs and two Twenty 20s at “UAE or mutually agreed on venue” in December 2015, according to the letter, which has one copy with news agency PTI.
The promise made by BCCI in its April 9 letter was given in the context of resolutions placed at the ICC Executive Board meeting on February 8, 2014, relating to “a new financial model and governance structure for the ICC.”
Was seen to include Srinivasan’s bid for the world sporting body’s Chairmanship for which he needed support from the Asian bloc, including PCB.
“Further to our meetings and discussions over the past few weeks regarding the bi-lateral tours between India and Pakistan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hereby agree that the senior men’s cricket teams of India and Pakistan will play each other as per the schedule…,” said the letter from Sanjay Patel, the then BCCI secretary to Najam Sethi, the then chairman of the PCB and now a senior functionary of that board.
The BCCI has also made it sure that it will make “all efforts to engage in a limited overs format short tour to Pakistan in November 2014 based on the availability of possible dates.”
But, as the BJP government came to power thing has been changed. Narendra Modi-led government has taken stringent Pakistan policy.
The Indian government has to endure criticism as BCCI confirmed the series on the anniversary of 26/11 deadly Mumbai terrorist attack.
But, BCCI did not confirm the series on Monday then they could face the adverse legal actions as Future Tours and Programmes (FTP) is binding on both the nations.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has already written a letter to Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar. The government will weigh all options before taking a decision.
Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is all set go for a diplomatic trip to Pakistan next week for an international conference on Afghanistan. It is expected that the trip will break the ice as far as bilateral series is concerned.