Pakistan Cricket Board's compensation claim against BCCI will lead to 'bad blood': Ex-ICC Chief
PCB's decision will hamper the future cricket relations between the two countries Photograph: (Zee News Network)
Condemning Pakistan Cricket Board's decision of compensation claim against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), former International Cricket Council (ICC) President Ehsan Mani on Thursday said the showdown will lead to bad blood and will hamper the future cricket relations between the two countries.
The PCB had filed a $70 million compensation claim against the Indian Cricket board before the ICC for breaching the bilateral cricket series agreement.
"I have concerns about the consequences of this case whatever its outcome. What I am concerned about is the affect it is going to have on cricket relations between the two countries in the long run," Mani said to a Dubai based Pakistani sports channel.
Mani, who served as the ICC President between 2003- 2006, further slammed Pakistan for not exploring all the legal aspects before filing the compensation claim.
"I just think all avenues of talks, discussions and backdoor diplomacy were not explored by the PCB before going ahead with its compensation claim in the ICC. I would have waited and first exhausted all options of trying to get something out of India for them not playing bilateral ties with Pakistan before opting for the compensation claim option," he added.
Mani also went on to add that former BCCI President and ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan had a significant role to play in India not resuming bilateral cricket ties with its neighbouring nation Pakistan.