Can't play cricket with Pak without Govt okay, no need to pay damages to PCB: Rajeev Shukla

New Delhi, Sep 30: Indis has dismissed claims of Pakistan Cricket Board seeking damages for not playing bilateral cricket. Pakistan has claimed Rs 447 crore from BCCI as compensation from BCCI. The ICC hearing on the matter will begin in Dubai on October 1. IPL chairman Rajeev Shula said that BCCI cannot decide to play bilateral cricket as the government of India has to give go ahead in the matter.  Shukla said that the matter should be settled at the bilateral level instead of taking the matter to ICC. “As far as BCCI vs Pakistan Cricket Board dispute is concerned, my own view is that both the Boards should resolve it amicably instead of lingering it in ICC. BCCI always wanted to play with Pakistan but there are certain issues and we need government nod to go to Pakistan to play matches,” said Shukla. The IPL Chairman added that there was no question of paying money to PCB as the two countries are playing at neutral venues. “Wherever international matches are organised by ICC or Asian Cricket Council, we always play with Pakistan, this time we played at a neutral venue. There is no question of paying money to Pakistan Cricket Board,” said Shukla.Echoing Shukla's views, former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur too said the issue of payment does not arise. “India should not pay any money to PCB.For a number of years, many nations did not visit Pakistan to play matches. I think no official from India should attend ICC hearing,” said Thakur.BCCi has hired a Dubai firm for the legal battle. “The BCCI has hired Dubai-based law firm Herbert Smith Freehills along with British Lawyer QC Ian Mills to represent us at the Dispute Resolution Committee hearing. Since the case is happening in Dubai, we needed a Dubai-based law firm. Also, the ICC follows British law so, QC Ian Mills is on board. We will fight this case till finish,” PTI quoted a senior BCCI official as saying.Indian government has refused bilateral cricket permission citing Pakistan hand in fuelling terrorism in India. PCB says refusal is violation of MoU, which assures six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. On the other hand, BCCi has argued that the MoU is not binding, and PCB on many occasions has failed to adhere to many clauses in the MoU. 

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