The Board of Governors of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday gave approval for adopting legal recourse against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not honouring the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two boards in 2014 to play bilateral series.
PCB chairman and Najam Sethi, who heads the executive committee, told the media in Karachi that the members had given approval for using legal channels to seek compensation for the financial losses suffered by the PCB due to India not honouring the MOU.
The gentlemen said that PCB will start legal consultations soon over the matter as the BOG has today given approval. The fact is that the BCCI signed a MOU document with us to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2022. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is witness to this MOU.
Mr. Sethi also made it clear that the PCB had until now been patient with the Indian board despite them disregarding the MOU. But now their patience has also run out because Pakistan was supposed to host two home series under the MOU from which it could have earned millions of estimated revenues. Due to India not keeping its promise, this loss has been suffered by PCB which needs to be compensated under ICC laws.
India has not played a bilateral series with Pakistan since 2007 when Pakistan toured India for a full Test series. The PCB claims that India owes it two home series which translates into millions of dollars for Pakistan cricket.
In January, the PCB even agreed to host a short one-day series in Sri Lanka as part of the MOU but the BCCI backed out by stating they had not clearance from their government for the series.
Khan said when the BCCI was so reliant on their government for playing Pakistan they should have thought about it before signing the MOU. He said it was unfortunate that the BCCI had not honoured a written agreement.