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Can't force India to play bilateral series against Pak: ICC CEO Richardson

If India is not ready to play with Pakistan, we can't force them to do so: ICC CEO Richardson

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Virat Kohli plays a shot during the ICC World T20 match versus Australia at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Photo: PTI
Virat Kohli plays a shot during the ICC World T20 match versus Australia at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Photo: PTI

Chief Executive (CEO) has made it clear that the sport's governing body cannot force to play bilateral matches with

Talking to the media in Lahore, Richardson also dispelled the impression that the had a bigger leaning towards compared to


"If is not ready to play with Pakistan, we can't force them to do so," he said.

He said obviously the wanted good relations among all its member nations and discouraged member countries from being involved in legal battles with each other.

"You have to understand that bilateral series is always held with the agreement of two boards and though we would like to see and play bilateral matches they have political tensions and any is dependent on their existing relations," Richardson said.

He, however, insisted that if and were in the same group in any event they would have to play against each other.

While has steadfastly refused to play bilateral with since 2008, the Board (PCB) has maintained it is getting ready to file a compensation claim with the ICC's disputes resolution committee against the BCCI for not honouring a MoU signed between the two boards in 2014.

The CEO said the world body remained neutral when it came to relations.

"We are aware that has even offered BCCI the option of playing at neutral venues and they are going to the disputes resolution committee with their claim but we remain neutral," Richardson said.

Richardson said that in the existing situation it didn't appear likely for and to resume bilateral ties soon.

"gives the a lot of business but in our eyes all member nations are equal," he added.

PCB chief Najam Sethi also told the media that they had asked the to nominate three representatives of other boards to look into the Pakistan's claim against

"We would like to see a logical and proper end to our compensation claim which is being finalised by our lawyers now," he said.

Richardson also spoke about the absence of any Indian player in the World XI outfit and said it was decided with the PCB that coach Andy Flower would not approach any Indian player because of the sensitivity of the tour.

"If an Indian player had been in the team this tour would have got a lot more attention and it would have meant more pressure and security requirements for everyone," he said.

First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 23:09 IST
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