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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 October 2018

Pakistan and India square off in Dubai over botched cricket agreement

ICC mediating dispute between PCB and BCCI after former says latter did not honour agreement to play six bilateral series despite its guarantee

India, in blue, beat Pakistan in the two one-day internationals they played in at the Asia Cup last month. AP Photo
India, in blue, beat Pakistan in the two one-day internationals they played in at the Asia Cup last month. AP Photo

Pakistan and India squared off at the legal crease at a hearing at the International Cricket Council (ICC) headquarters in Dubai on Monday after the two sides failed to honour a deal to compete in several bilateral series.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is demanding US$70 million (Dh257m) in compensation from India, claiming that a memorandum of understanding signed in 2014 had guaranteed six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.

However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said it is unable to play against Pakistan until its government gives it permission and dismissed the agreement as not legally binding.

The hearing is set to last until October 3.

ICC's chief executive David Richardson last week urged the two nations to resolve the matter between themselves rather than seeking arbitration.

“It is a matter between India and Pakistan. We would like the resumption of ties between the two nations on a bilateral basis," Richardson said.

“We will facilitate any settlement decision if we can. Other than that, it is up to the two nations."

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.

Pakistan and India continue to play each other in international events, including last month's Asia Cup in Dubai.

India won that event while Pakistan failed to reach the final.

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