The BCCI and PCB cricket officials are scheduled to meet in Dubai on May 29 to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which the two boards had signed three years ago for bilateral fixtures between Pakistan and India during the 2015-2023 period. India didn’t visit Pakistan in 2015 as per the MoU, citing security reasons, and is set to cancel the 2017 tour too.
Earlier, the PCB had sent a notice to the BCCI under the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee’s terms of reference for not fulfilling its obligations. The PCB also said it incurred losses because the BCCI didn’t fulfill the MoU in spite of it being signed in the presence of the International Cricket Council (ICC) officials.
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On the other hand, the BCCI thinks of MoU as “just a letter” and not a formal “contract”, according to its acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, and says it will need federal government’s permission to play Pakistan in a bilateral series.
“We still remain committed to playing,” Choudhary said according to ESPNCricinfo, “but the position doesn’t change: the series cannot go ahead without the permission of the government of India. After PCB wrote to us, we have written to the government of India again, and are awaiting the response. I believe the dialogue should go on, which is why we are meeting.”
India, however, has no problems playing Pakistan in multi-team events. The two arch-rivals, who are in Group B of the Champions Trophy along with Sri Lanka and South Africa, are scheduled to clash in Birmingham on Sunday (June 4).
The last time both teams played a full series was back in 2007, which was hosted by India. Pakistan also visited India for a short limited-overs series in December 2012, which was seen as a move to resolve cricketing ties between the countries.