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ICC Verdict: Former PCB Chief Najam Sethi Terms The Judgement As Extremely Absurd & Politically Influenced

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| November 23 , 2018 , 16:13 IST

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi on Friday has revealed that ICC verdict in a compensation case against BCCI was "politically motivated" and absurd.

Najam also said that the PCB fought the case in the best possible manner, He stated that one could not ignore the fact India has an extremely strong lobby in the board.

Speaking to media the former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman said, "We've pursued the case in the best possible manner. But we also must not forget that India have an extremely strong lobby in the board. But even then, this judgment is extremely absurd".

"I seriously believe that this judgment is politically influenced. India's strength in ICC is unquestionable at times. They (BCCI) have threatened other members and ICC that if their terms are not agreed, they will establish their own ICC. Therefore, I believe that this panel, which we first believed will be an independent one, had pressures to deal with which is why the verdict came against us," he added.  

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Talking about the feeling inside the Pakistan camp during the case he said, "At no stage did we feel that our case is not strong. We knew that India will put pressure on the ICC to give the verdict in their favour, but we were expecting a decision from where things can move forward. However, this judgment leaves a bad taste and unfortunately, it seems that cricket between arch-rivals is only expected to resume when India will want to play Pakistan."

PCB lost the legal battle against BCCI in a compensation case over the bilateral series issue when ICC-appointed Dispute Panel dismissed the claims of the Pakistan board. They had filed the case against the Indian board saying that despite signing a Memorandum of Association (MoU) which guarantees six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023, India did not abide by the agreement.