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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 December 2018

ICC forms panel to resolve India-Pakistan cricket dispute amid PCB's compensation claim against BCCI

Relationship between countries frayed to extent that 2018 Asia Cup has been moved to UAE after Pakistan's refusal to play tournament in India

India, in blue, and Pakistan, in green, play in multinational tournaments. Charlie Crowhurst / Getty Images
India, in blue, and Pakistan, in green, play in multinational tournaments. Charlie Crowhurst / Getty Images

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has created a dispute resolution panel to hear Pakistan's compensation claim against arch-rivals India for refusing to play a bilateral series.

Sporting ties between the cricket-mad South Asian neighbours have suffered in recent years amid rising political tensions, and Pakistani cricket authorities say 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 relationship has frayed to such an extent that the Asian Cricket Council had to announce on Tuesday the 2018 Asia Cup was being moved to the UAE from India due to Pakistan's refusal to cross the border.

The biennial event was due to be held in India in September, sparking protests from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) who called for the event to be relocated.

The PCB is seeking US$70 million (Dh257m) in compensation. It initiated dispute resolution proceedings against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the ICC in November last year.

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A three-member panel will hear the claim later this year, the sport's world governing body said in a statement on Tuesday. "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 ICC 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, plummeted 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 Twenty20s and three one-day internationals in December 2012 and January 2013.

However, they have continued to play each other in multinational events like the World Cup.