Mumbai, Nov 20: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has "abandoned" the rules related to the non-compliance with the FTP (Future Tour Programs). This was revealed by the source well-conversant with the happenings in the ICC.
"There is nothing in the ICC rules about non-compliance with the FTP. There used to be under the FTP Agreement which was approved in an ICC Board meeting, but this was abandoned by the ICC following the BCCI/CSA spat under Srinivasan's influence", the source, speaking exclusively, said.
The dispute between the ICC's two strongest members, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) was allegedly because of dissatisfaction that CSA appointed former ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat as chief executive, despite protestations from BCCI.
In 2013, CSA had released a three-month schedule from November, but BCCI announced another tour plan which was seriously cut back on the CSA plans
"Now the respective members enter into MOU's. These are bilateral agreements", the source added.
"The terms of the individual MOUs deal with non-compliance on much the same terms as the old FTP Agreement".
It will be an interesting situation if there is no bilateral series between India and Pakistan teams next month.
"In essence, it will depend on (a) whether the particular MOU between PCB and BCCI is binding and (b) what it states about non-compliance therein".
"Usually, as I said, the MOUs between counties are binding and provide that if a member does not comply, damages will be payable. So BCCI would not be able to unilateral walk away from the PCB home series having committed. However, this does depend on the terms of the relevant MOU", the source added further.