ICC’s judgement on PCB’s compensation claim against BCCI is absurd: Najam Sethi
Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has termed the ICC’s decision to dismiss the country’s compensation claim against the BCCI for not honoring a bilateral MoU as “vague and absurd”.
Terming the decision a “politically motivated” one, Sethi, who convinced the PCB to file the compensation case against the BCCI, said Pakistan was forced to lose a strong case.
“We’ve pursued the case in the best possible manner. But we also must not forget that India has an extremely strong lobby in the ICC. Even then, this judgment is extremely vague and absurd,” Sethi said.
“I seriously believe that this judgment is politically influenced. India’s strength in ICC is unquestionable at times.”
The ICC had dismissed Pakistan’s compensation claim of around USD 70 million against BCCI earlier this week, saying the MOU signed between the two boards to play six bilateral series is not a legally binding agreement as claimed by the PCB legal team.
According to the MoU, which was signed at the time of the formation of ‘Big Three’ in 2014, both India and Pakistan were due to play six bilateral series between 2015-2023, four of which were supposed to be hosted by Pakistan.
Sethi, who was the PCB chairman when the case was filed, said nearly 9000 documents were presented in the case but the judgment was made up of just two paragraphs.
“On the other hand, they said that if the document is viewed with the telescope, there are many other things involved which need to be considered and hence the decision should go in the favor of BCCI.”
The former PCB chairman expressed surprise that the ICC committee had even accepted the oral orders of the Indian government as solid and concrete evidence.
Sethi also said that the PCB took the compensation case to ICC for arbitration and litigation on the advice of top lawyers in the UK and Pakistan.
“We knew that India will put pressure on the ICC to give the verdict in their favor, 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 the arch-rivals is expected to resume only when India will want to play Pakistan,” he said. 11222036.. Read more posts…
News credit: the Indian Express
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