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PCB disappointed with ICC verdict on India series

Mani stated that the PCB’s team was reviewing the matter

PCB disappointed with ICC verdict on India series PHOTO: PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani expressed his disappointment at the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) verdict, with regards to points sharing of women’s series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan.

With respect to the India and Pakistan series, the ICC Technical Committee (TC) concluded that the series could not be played because of a Force Majeure event after the BCCI demonstrated that it was unable to obtain the necessary government clearances to allow India to participate in the bilateral series against Pakistan, which forms a part of the ICC Women’s Championship. As a result, the points were shared between the two sides.

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Mani stated that the PCB team was reviewing the matter and would make a comment after the process is completed.

“We are of course disappointed [with the decision], but our team [comprising the CEO, legal department, and women's cricket department] is reviewing the matter. Once that’s done, we will be able to comment,” Mani told Sportstar.

The India-Pakistan series was originally scheduled in the sixth round of the competition, between July and November 2019, but despite the best efforts of both the boards, it was unable to take place.

All eight teams in the 2017-2020 edition of the ICC Women’s Championship play each other in a three-match series. The host of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021, New Zealand, and the next four highest-placed teams on the points table qualify directly for one-day international cricket’s pinnacle event.

Australia (37 points), England (29), South Africa (25) and now India (23) have qualified by virtue of being the top four. Pakistan (19), New Zealand (17), West Indies (13) and Sri Lanka (5) complete the table.