Cricket: ICC forms panel to resolve Pakistan-India dispute

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By Muhammad Luqman

The Dubai-based International Cricket Council (ICC) has created a dispute resolution panel to hear Pakistan’s compensation claim against India for refusing to play a bilateral series, according to media reports.

Cricket ties between the  South Asian neighbours have suffered in recent years amid rising tensions on the line of control in disputed Kashmir, and Pakistan Cricket Board  says that  their Indian counterparts have violated a 2014 memorandum of understanding under which the two were to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is seeking $70 million (Rs 8 billion) in compensation. It initiated dispute resolution proceedings against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the ICC in November last year.

A three-member panel will hear the claim later this year, the ICC  said in a statement.

“The hearing will take place in Dubai from 1-3 October and the decision of the Dispute Panel shall be non-appealable” and binding on both Pakistan and India, the world cricket regulatory authority said.

The BCCI refused to play two series against Pakistan in 2015 and 2017, saying it did not have permission from the Indian government because of strained relations.

India-Pakistan ties, including sports and cultural contacts, nosedived  after the 2008 militant attacks in Mumbai, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistani militant groups.

There has been just one bilateral tour since, when Pakistan visited India to play two T20Is and three ODIs in December 2012 and January 2013.

They have, however, continued to play each other in multinational events like the World Cup.

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