The Pakistan Cricket Board faced yet another humiliation as it paid Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) approximately $1.6 million as ‘compensation’ after losing the case it lodged against the Indian Board for ‘allegedly not honouring a bilateral agreement’, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani claimed on Monday.
The PCB filed a compensation case against India’s governing body last year before the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee, demanding around $70 million. As it turned out, the International Cricket governing body, ICC dropped it and asked the PCB to compensate the legal cost to the BCCI.
“We incurred cost of around 52.2 million on the compensation case which we lost. 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 also insisted that besides the compensation fee paid to India to cover the legal cost, the other expenses were regarding legal fees and travelling.
As per PCB, the agreement with India, which it claimed was a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ensured Pakistan for six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. Pakistan said adding that BCCI withdrew from the agreement leading to losses.
On the contrary, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, however, maintained that the meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board was just a proposal and never really a legally binding MoU, which Pakistan misunderstood. Eventually, the BCCI’s declaration was accepted by the ICC’s dispute resolution committee.
(With inputs from PTI agency)