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PCB chief wants ICC to pursue India on bilateral playing ties

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani wants the ICC to help restore his country’s bilateral playing ties with India, saying that it is the world body’s responsibility.

“I have already talked about it, though informally, at the ICC level. But now I am in the PCB and I will raise it [the issue] more effectively that the ICC should ensure the bilateral series among all the countries,” Mr. Mani told Dawn newspaper in an interview.

“Look, if there is no bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan, why do they play us in the ICC tournaments?” he asked.

There has been no full bilateral series between the two countries since 2007 when Pakistan played a Test series in India.

In the winter of 2012-13, Pakistan toured India for a short goodwill series of limited-over matches, but India have refused to engage in a bilateral Test series with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

The ICC’s dispute resolution committee is to give its verdict on a compensation claim of $70 million filed by the PCB against the BCCI.

The PCB has asserted that the BCCI did not honour a Memorandum of Understanding. The Indian Board has maintained that the MoU was not legally binding on it.

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