Najam Sethi    AFP (File Photo)
Najam Sethi AFP (File Photo)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been under pressure ever since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has refused to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Both the boards signed the MoU back in 2014 to play 24 matches for six years. However, there since hasn’t been a complete series between the two neighboring nations owing to approval from the Indian government, which has barred BCCI from going ahead with the series. Meanwhile, the PCB has decided to file a compensation claim against the BCCI with the International Cricket Council (ICC) in January 2018 for the financial loss suffered by the PCB for BCCI not honouring the MoU.

On filing compensation claim against BCCI with ICC

“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 first week of January. 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. 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,” said PCB chief Najam Sethi.

On playing ICC Test Championship with India

“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. 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.”