KARACHI, Dec 20: Facing flak for pursuing a failed compensation case against the BCCI, former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi on Thursday insisted it was a decision taken unanimously by the Board of Governors of the national body.
The ICC’s Dispute Resolution Panel on Wednesday ordered Pakistan to pay around USD 1.2 million to the BCCI after the world body’s rejection of the PCB’s compensation claim which blamed India for lack of bilateral series between the two nations.
Sethi, who had constantly insisted that Pakistan had the legal base to file the compensation case, came out with the clarification on Twitter after many blamed him for the heavy costs Pakistan cricket has had to incur on pursuing the case.
“The decision to go to the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee against the BCCI was taken by the PCB BoG unanimously under Chairman Shahryar Khan,” Sethi tweeted.
Sethi was heading the PCB when he signed the MoU with the BCCI as condition for supporting the Big Three governance system which was moved by India, England and Australia.
The PCB under Sethi had also approved an amount of 100 million rupees to pursue the compensation claim including paying legal fees of lawyers and travel costs.
Sethi on Thursday said it is routine for losing party to pay full costs of winning party.
“ICC has ordered PCB to pay only 60 per cent of BCCI costs because it believes PCB had legitimate issues,” he wrote in his twitter handle.
Pakistan’s former Test batsman, Mohsin Khan said that he was just surprised at the amount of money wasted by the PCB. – PTI