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ICC Dispute Panel Rejects Pakistan Cricket Board's Compensation Case Against BCCI

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| November 20 , 2018 , 19:19 IST

The ICC dispute panel, which is a cricket's apex body on Tuesday dismissed Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) demands for monetary compensation from the BCCI for deciding against playing bilateral cricket.

The panel was chaired by Hon. Michael Beloff QC, an English barrister and a member of Blackstone Chambers, and included Jan Paulsson and Annabelle Bennett. The hearings took place in Dubai from October 1-3.

According to media reports, ICC in a statement said, "Following a three-day hearing and having considered detailed oral and written submissions, the Dispute Panel has dismissed the PCB's claim against the BCCI."

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It is learnt that the PCB had sought compensation to the tune of $70 million from BCCI for not honouring the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two boards in 2014 to play six bilateral series over the course of eight years between 2015 and 2023.

The panel in their final judgement said, "The Panel accepts that the awareness of the BCCI's claimed need for government approval was indeed reflected not only in PCB emails but also in minutes of PCB board meetings, all of which were aggregated in BCCI's helpful schedule to its written submissions."

Earlier, the ICC had said the decision of the panel will be final and cannot be challenged.

The India board had maintained that the proposed series cannot go ahead without the approval of the government. India and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in 2013 in India and have only met in multi-team tournaments since then. The last Test series, also in India, was played in 2007.