Pakistan-India cricket legal dispute in focus

Sports Desk

Pakistan and India have not played a series since 2012. That tour itself was a short limited overs series compromising 3 ODIs and 2 T20s. A full tour has not happened since Pakistan’s tour of India in 2007.

The reason for this lack of cricket between arguably the game’s biggest nations is India’s refusal to engage with Pakistan. The volatile political relations between the two nations have seeped into cricketing relations. The BCCI claims that the Indian government does not allow it to host bilateral series with Pakistan.

The case is now headed to the ICC Disputes Resolution Committee. The PCB says it has suffered losses of $70 million because of India’s refusal to hold series with Pakistan in November 2014 and December 2015.

While the BCCI maintains it has no authority to go against the government’s decisions, it is obvious there’s more to the story. Much like the Indian government, it seems the BCCI is bent on denying any opportunity for Pakistan to benefit financially. They have no interest in helping Pakistan cricket, and have not even tried to resolve the dispute.

This week, the ICC panel will make a final decision on the case. It’s unlikely it will make any binding decision, or favor Pakistan. Because going against India is going against the financial muscle of the game. And that’s not going to happen.

Yet again, the PCB will suffer, and more importantly, fans of the game will be denied the fantastic spectacle of a Pakistan-India series.

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