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Pakistan Cricket Board welcomes ICC’s decision to penalise India women’s team

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board has welcomed International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to penalise India women’s team for failing to play scheduled fixtures against Pakistan amid ongoing political tension between the South Asian rivals. (BCCI furious after ICC penalises women’s team for not playing Pakistan)The ICC Technical Committee yesterday confirmed that India women’s team would forfeit their three sixth-round games of the ICC Women’s Championship 2014-16 against Pakistan women.The world governing awarded Pakistan two points for each of the three unplayed matches, which were to be hosted by Pakistan and should have taken place between August 1 and October 31.The ICC said it had considered written submissions from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the PCB before making its decision.The points earned in the championship league go a long way in allowing teams to qualify for the next ICC World Cup. The decision means India will miss out on automatic qualification for the 2017 World Cup in England. (International Cricket Council penalises India women’s team for not playing Pakistan)The PCB said in a statement that it had made comprehensive submissions to the ICC, explaining that it made attempts in playing host to the Indian women’s team in Dubai but the efforts remained unsuccessful last October.”The PCB thereafter involved ICC in this matter and finally requested the matter be referred to Technical Committee for decision of award of points,” the statement said.PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said: “It is unfortunate that despite our sincere efforts we have not been able to play with India in the ICC Women s Championship. The ultimate loss of Pakistan-India series is to cricket.”advertisementAn official source in the PCB said that the ICC decision was being seen as a big step towards eventually forcing India to fulfill its bilateral commitments.”India despite signing a MOU with us in the ICC to resume playing bilateral series from 2015 has been avoiding doing this on one pretext or the other and it has caused us severe losses,” he said.He said the PCB was hopeful that eventually the ICC would also recognise the injustice being faced by Pakistan due to the India’s refusal to play a bilateral series.Pakistan has also asked the ICC to grant it special funds to compensate for India’s refusal to play bilateral series.Cricketing ties between the two neighbours are currently stalled, and the men’s teams have not played a bilateral series since Pakistan toured India at the end of 2012.They have, however, played against each other in various tournaments including the 50-overs World Cup, World T20, Champions Trophy and Asia Cup.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more