KARACHI, March 18: The Pakistan Cricket Board has paid the BCCI approximately $1.6 million as compensation after losing the case it filed against the Indian Board for allegedly not honouring a bilateral agreement, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani claimed on Monday.
The PCB had filed a compensation case against the BCCI last year before the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee, demanding around $70 million. The ICC dismissed it and asked the PCB to compensate the legal cost to the BCCI.
“We incurred cost of around $2.2 million on the compensation case which we lost,” Mani said.
“The ICC committee did accept that Pakistan had a case and that is why the damages/cost we had to pay to the Indian board was around $1.6 million,” Mani said.
Mani insisted that besides the amount paid to India to cover the legal cost, the other expenses were related to legal fees and travelling.
According to the PCB, the agreement with India, which it claimed was a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU),
ensured Pakistan six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. Pakistan said the BCCI reneged on the commitment, causing it losses running into millions of dollars.
The Indian Cricket Board, however, maintained that the discussion with PCB was a proposal and never a legally binding MoU.
Ultimately, the BCCI’s assertion was accepted by the ICC’s dispute resolution committee.
‘There can’t be conditional bans’: Gautam Gambhir says BCCI should go for all or nothing with Pakistan
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir on Monday said the BCCI should either snap all cricketing ties with Pakistan, including multi-lateral events, or engage with the arch-rivals at every level as “there can’t be conditional bans”.
Gambhir, who called for snapping ties with Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel, said the Indian Board has to decide and be prepared for the consequences. The responsibility of the Pulwama attack was taken by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.
“There can’t be conditional bans. Either you ban everything with Pakistan or open everything with Pakistan. What has happened in Pulwama is absolutely not acceptable,” Gambhir, who was recently conferred the Padma Shri, said.
“I am sure it’s going to be difficult for India to boycott them in ICC tournaments but stop playing Pakistan in the Asia Cup,” said the left-hander.
Outspoken in his support for the armed forces on social media, Gambhir reiterated that there should be a blanket ban on engagement with Pakistan even if it comes at the cost of being ostracised by the sporting community.
The BCCI had appealed to the ICC to snap ties with countries from where terror-emanates in a veiled reference to Pakistan. But the request was turned down at the ICC Board meeting in Dubai.
Gambhir cited England’s forfeiture of their 2003 World Cup round-robin fixture against Zimbabwe in protest of the Robert Mugabe regime. (PTI)