BCCI gains upper hand over PCB over bilateral series talks after developments in ICC Annual Conference

PTI, Jun, 22 2017

New Delhi: The ICC has decided not to interfere in modalities related to bilateral agreement involving two nations, a move that could prove to be handy for the BCCI, which has constantly been harangued by the PCB for "not honouring" a MoU signed in 2014.

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The Indian Cricket Board will now also be a part of the governance group, and more importantly, the ICC's Strategic Working group, which takes decisions on a lot of important commerce and finance related issues.

These were agreed upon in the International Cricket Council's Annual Conference in London.

The most important development was the ICC's non- interference in modalities related to bilateral series. This is being perceived as a move that will help them deal with the Pakistan Cricket Board "more firmly" on series related issues.

According to ICC's amended constitution, the member nations will have full right to decide on bilateral series, itinerary and every other subsidiary details.

"We can now decide whether we want to play Pakistan or not. If we don't want to play Pakistan in a bilateral series, no one can force us and neither will ICC interfere in any form. Therefore, it will now be our call," a top BCCI source told PTI on the conditions of anonymity.

Bilateral series with Pakistan has been a sensitive issue due to prevailing political tension between the two nations. The Indian cricket team can play Pakistan in ICC events only and not in bilateral series, as it will require permission from the central government, which had stated that the question does not arise due to hostilities from across the border.

Related to this issue, the BCCI has also earned another "mini victory" as its demand of ICC having "neutral people" in its grievance redressal forum has been met.

"Normally, it constitutes of representatives of member boards which deals with grievance related issues. We wanted that all members in the redressal forum should be neutral. That has been accepted by the ICC.

"This will also help us as PCB had always tried to use this forum whenever we have cited genuine impediments on having an Indo-Pak bilateral series," the source said.

Returning to the Strategic Working Group may help the BCCI gain lost ground as its representative will be present in the meetings in which important financial and commercial decisions, with far-reaching implications, will be taken.

Published Date: Jun 22, 2017 | Updated Date: Jun 22, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115