Timeline of PCB’s $70mn compensation battle against BCCI

Both boards are involved in case over the previously signed MoU

Timeline of PCB’s $70mn compensation battle against BCCI PHOTO: AFP

The International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Dispute Panel started the hearing of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s compensation claim against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Dubai on Monday.

PCB has filed a $70 million compensation case against BCCI for not honouring the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at the time of the formation of Big Three.

Cricket Pakistan brings you the timeline of the events which led to the conflict between two rival cricket boards, which started more than four years ago.

May 14, 2014— Memorandum of Understanding signed

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) — at the time of formation of ‘Big Three’ — according to which the two arch-rivals were to play six bilateral series between 2015-2023, four of which were supposed to be hosted by Pakistan.

October 15, 2015 — Shahryar meets Shashank

Chairman of BCCI and PCB —Shashank Manohar and Shahryar Khan — met during the ICC annual meeting in Dubai and revealed optimism in solving tensions between the boards.

Khan also revealed that Manohar invited him for a meeting week later to discuss all issues between the two boards.

October 20, 2015 —BCCI attitude disappoints Khan

PCB chairman Khan said he was left disappointed over the attitude of the BCCI during his visit to the country.

A dejected Shahryar also confirmed that he was not going to make any more efforts as the BCCI was not sharing any positive response.

October 25, 2015 — Atmosphere not conducive for Indo-Pak series: BCCI secretary

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said that the series between Pakistan and India cannot take place right because of the political tensions between both countries.

September 24, 2016 — BCCI chief rules out cricket series with Pakistan

After becoming president of BCCI, Thakur ruled out resumption of Pakistan-India cricket ties in wake of militant attack in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

October 11, 2016 — PCB expected to adopt stern stance against BCCI in ICC meeting

Unhappy over the stance of their Indian counterparts, top officials of the PCB left for South Africa to attend an ICC meeting, promising a tough reply to the BCCI.

December 14, 2016 — Indian government not allowing Indo-Pak series: Shaharyar Khan

PCB Chairman Khan revealed that both boards are willing to play a series with each other but the Indian government is not allowing BCCI to move forward.

He also confirmed that the PCB’s legal advisors were analysing the situation and the MoU signed between the two boards.

March 30, 2017 — PCB chairman hints at taking legal action against BCCI

Khan confirmed that the board has been left with no option but to pursue legal action against the BCCI for refusing to play scheduled India-Pakistan bilateral series.

May 3, 2017 — PCB serves legal notice to BCCI

PCB served a legal notice to the BCCI, claiming damages for the cancellation of a proposed home series between the two arch-rivals.

May 8, 2017 — MoU with PCB not an agreement: BCCI secretary

BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary said that the MoU signed between the two boards is not an agreement.

August 5, 2017 — PCB’s case weak against BCCI: Ehsan Mani

Former ICC President Ehsan Mani said that PCB’s case for compensation against BCCI for not honouring MoU was based on weaker ground.

The 72-year-old claimed that his sources in the ICC have told him that the chances of India paying any compensation to Pakistan were meek.

November 30, 2017 — PCB notifies ICC to form Dispute Resolution Committee

PCB sent a legal notice to the ICC to set up a Dispute Panel for adjudicating the matter. Following the notice, it was expected that a three-member dispute panel will be formed.

Jul 6, 2018 — Boards submit written responses to committee

Both PCB and BCCI submitted their written responses to the committee.

August 9, 2018 — BCCI's weak response hands PCB advantage

BCCI lost ground in the multi-million dollar compensation case against the PCB after it failed to present even a single documentary evidence in front of the ICC’s dispute panel.

September 24, 2018 — Case to be heard at ICC Headquarters

ICC set dates for the PCB-BCCI legal dispute case, which was scheduled to be heard at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai from October 1-3, 2018.

October 1, 2018 — The hearing begins in Dubai