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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has confirmed that legal action will be taken against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) due to their refusal to play a bilateral series on numerous occasions.
The PCB and BCCI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2014, which stated that Pakistan and India would play six series against each other in the span of eight years.
However, with no series having been played thus far, Shaharyar admitted that the PCB have no other choice than to “pursue legal action”.
“Two of those six [series] have already fallen through; it does not look like the third one will happen either,” he said. “Therefore, we are left with no option but to pursue legal action against India.”
Shaharyar added that India’s decision not to play a bilateral series in 2014 had cost the PCB approximately a million dollars.
“We’ll tell them that they (India) forced us into taking this step. We want them to compensate us for all our losses,” he said.
Explaining how the process will work, Shaharyar revealed that a legal notice will be sent to the BCCI before the PCB takes the case to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Should the ICC be unable to resolve the problem, the PCB have plans to take it to court.
“Our case is solid,” Shaharyar said.
The 83-year-old also noted that even though political ties between the two countries are frosty at best, it shouldn’t lead to all bilateral series being put on ice.
“It isn’t necessary to [cancel] cricket because of a prevailing political situation,” he said. “However, looking at the attitude of [Indian Prime Minister] Narendra Modi, it seems unlikely that India wants to play [with Pakistan].”