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Mani fears for Indo-Pak cricket ties

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Former President Ehsan Mani feels PCB's decision to file a compensation claim against the Indian Cricket Board will lead to bad blood and impact future cricket relations between the two nations.

The Cricket Board has filed a compensation claim of USD 70 million against before the for not honouring a 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 on Geo Super channel.

"I just think all avenues of talks, discussions and back door diplomacy were not explored by the PCB before going ahead with its compensation claim in the

"I would have waited and first exhausted all options of trying to get something out of for them not playing bilateral ties with before opting for the compensation claim option," he added.

Mani, who served as President between 2003-2006, said even if won its compensation claim what guarantee is there would agree to pay out the amount.

"Say if is successful in its compensation claim what happens if holds back the money. Then has to go to the board and it will not help relations between both countries," he said.

Mani said even though there was a clause that said the Disputes Resolution Committee's decision was binding on both parties and could not be challenged in any other forum, but when it came to money things often get ugly.

"If holds back on payment what does do, does it ask the to deduct India's share of revenues from events? Can the do that?"

Mani said would have filed the compensation claim after going through all legal aspects and there is a clause in the constitution which said no government interference is tolerated in any member board's affairs.

"says it is not getting government clearance to play and that clause will than become important in this case. But overall I think there will be bad blood and feelings and it will impact future cricket relations between the two," he said.

Mani also felt that former President and Chairman N Srinivasan had a significant role to play in not resuming bilateral cricket ties with

"He was not good when he was there at helm of affairs. He was anti-and in his tenure all chances of taking initiative to get government clearance to play regular bilateral cricket with were non-existent."

Mani said that had become a difficult member to deal with in the due to its stubborness but felt that this was also because they were weak officials in the world body.

"does contribute significantly to the revenues but I don't buy this 70 percent talk. The bottom line is failed itself by not exploring the markets of USA and China.

"Even today there just has to be the right moves made to make realize that it can't operate independently in world cricket.

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 11:35 IST
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