Government Not in Favour of India-Pakistan Test Series: Reports
New Delhi: The government is not keen on giving green signal to the bilateral series between traditional rivals India and Pakistan. It was earlier reported that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will meet sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to discuss the potential inclusion of a series against Pakistan in the Future Tours Programme (FTP) as part of the upcoming ICC Test Championship. However, as per TV reports, it’s learnt that government is not in favour of playing cricket against Pakistan.
As per ICC Test Championship, every Test playing nation should face each other at least once in at least a three-Test series on home and away formula between 2019 and 2021. So, in that view BCCI had sought sports ministries directives.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said that it would file a compensation claim against the BCCI with the ICC disputes resolution committee in the first week of January next year.
“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 the first week of January,” PCB Chairman Najam Sethi told a media conference in Lahore.
He said the Board of Governors had been briefed about the existing ties with India and they have approved the filing of the compensation claim.
“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,” Sethi said.
“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,” he said.
Sethi said once the compensation claim is filed it will have some effect on the ICC’s Future Tour Programme.
The PCB chief also announced that Pakistan have no issues playing with India in the ICC Test Championship.
“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.”
Asked what will happen if India refused to play Pakistan in the ICC Test Championship, Sethi said, “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,” he added.
(With PTI inputs)