PCB pays compensation to BCCI

The Pakistan board has paid a compensation of approximately $1.6 million to the BCCI after it lost the dispute lodged with the ICC against the Indian board for not playing a bilateral series in years.

PCB chief Ehsan Mani confirmed the payment of compensation to BCCI. (File Photo)   -  AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has paid the BCCI approximately $1.6 million as compensation after losing the case in the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani claimed on Monday.

“We incurred costs of around $2.2 million on the compensation case which we lost,” Mani said.

He insisted that besides the amount paid to India to cover the costs of the case, the other expenses were related to legal fees and travelling.

The PCB had filed a compensation case against the BCCI last year before the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee for an amount of around $70 million.

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PCB had sought a huge amount from BCCI for not honouring a MoU signed between the two boards. 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 said it was unable to play against Pakistan as the Indian government did not give the permission. India also dismissed the Pakistan board’s claims as legally binding.

“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.

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.