BCCI asks Union government to clarify its stance on cricketing ties between India and Pakistan

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has requested the Union government to formally convey its position with regards to India-Pakistan bilateral cricket series, which is on hold since 2012 due to political tension between the two countries.

The BCCI has repeatedly said that it won’t be able to engage in bilateral contests without the government’s consent.

It is understood that the cricket board wants a formal communication before they head to ICC Disputes Resolution Forum where it is set to counter PCB’s compensation claim of USD 70 million for not honouring the MoU signed in 2014.

“The BCCI would be grateful if you could formally convey the policy/position of the Government of India on the need or requirement of prior clearance from the Government of India for the Indian cricket team to play the Pakistan cricket in in-bound or out-bound tours,” BCCI recently wrote to the ministry.

When asked about the latest e-mail, a senior BCCI official told PTI: “These are routine communications on part of BCCI. It is our duty to seek permission from the government with regards to bilateral series. Our job is to ask and it’s up to the government. We understand that bilateral series in prevailing circumstances is very difficult. But if we get a reply from the government in ‘black and white’, it will help us.”

PCB had appealed to ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee, accusing the BCCI of not honouring the Future Tours & Programme (FTP) commitment, which also required them to play at least two away series against Pakistan on a neutral venue like the UAE.

The International Cricket Council on Monday confirmed that the Michael Beloff QC will chair the Dispute Panel in the matter of proceedings between the PCB and BCCI.

The world governing body for the game also made it clear that decision of the Dispute Panel shall be non-appealable.

The hearing is scheduled for October 1-3 in Dubai at the ICC headquarters