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PCB threatens ICC to resume India-Pakistan cricket ties; challenges BCCI's proposed FTP
Challenging the Future Tour Programme (FTP) of the BCCI, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday has made it clear that they will not give consent to the International Cricket Council's proposed fixtures if there are no matches against India in them.

According to the media report, PCB's strong reaction came after a Special General Meeting was
organised by the supreme governing body of cricket. In the meeting, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) came up with an FTP which had not included any bilateral series or matches againstPakistan.

"PCB has informed the ICC that it has initiated a dispute resolution process against the BCCI under the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee Terms of Reference," a PCB release said.

"Further to that, the PCB's claim is based on an existing agreement with the BCCI which contemplates that India will tour Pakistan in December 2019, August 2020 and Nov-Dec 2022 and Pakistan will tour India in Nov-Dec 2021."

The PCB, however, had clearly said that it will agree to sign on the new FTP which should be based on the outcomes of the dispute resolution proceedings and reiterated that India versus Pakistan matches must be included in the FTP made by the BCCI.

The PCB also said, "Under the prevailing circumstances, it is PCB's position that if the Dispute
Resolution Committee decides the dispute in PCB's favour, then any FTP will need to be adjusted to reflect the decision," further adding, "any agreement of the PCB to any new FTP structure will
therefore be without prejudice to its existing claims against BCCI and will be subject to the outcome of the ICC dispute resolution process."

On the other hand, BCCI has once again said that apart from the ongoing diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan, there are lot of factors which directly reflect the bilateral series to be organised between the two nations.

Meanwhile, the BCCI has also made it clear that both countries cannot play in any bilateral matches except for the ICC events.

"It is something which…it is a question which is embedded not in the matrix of cricket alone. That is publicly recognised. Unless you put together all factors that determine an event, it is futile attempting to answer that question," BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said.

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