ICC dismisses PCB's case against BCCI

ICC's Dispute Resolution Committee dismissed PCB's case against BCCI seeking compensation for not playing bilateral cricket against Pakistan.

Pakistan has claimed damages of approx ₹447 crore for India not playing any bilateral cricket with them despite a MoU.   -  GETTY IMAGES

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has succeeded in the arbitration proceedings initiated against it by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) before the Dispute Resolution Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The Dispute Panel constituted by the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee for hearing and deciding the dispute comprising Michael Beloff QC (Chairperson), Jan Paulsson and Annabelle Bennett issued and published their arbitral award earlier today, dismissing all claims made by the PCB against the BCCI.

The arbitration proceedings arose out of a claim for damages amounting to USD 62,868,070 (plus interest and costs) made by the PCB against the BCCI for an alleged breach of a letter dated 9 April 2014 from BCCI to the PCB (the “BCCI Letter”) inter alia with regard to 2014 and 2015 tours to Pakistan, which did not go ahead.

After hearing the evidence and arguments of the parties over three days in Dubai, the Dispute Panel has rejected all of the PCB’s contentions and accepted the BCCI’s case inter alia on the ground that the BCCI Letter was non-binding and merely expressed an intention to play.

The BCCI wholeheartedly welcomes the decision of the Dispute Panel. The BCCI will now move the Dispute Panel to recover its legal cost from the PCB.

Welcoming the verdict, Vinod Rai, the CoA chairman said, “I’m particularly very appreciative of the efforts of the BCCI Legal team, the Cricket Operations team and the CEO who represented us. They prepared well and took all the precautions. I would also like to thank Ian Mill QC, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas along with the people who represented BCCI at the hearing. We look forward to continue playing cricket with all the ICC member countries.”

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