India vs Pakistan: ICC's dispute resolution panel to offer solution to stand-off

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That could be the upshot of a three-year investment the ICC has made in ensuring that security in Pakistan for tours, by worldwide sides, is of a standard that allows teams to visit.

Richardson said the ICC will continue to financially assist the security company that is looking after the events in Pakistan for three more years.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced last month it was in discussions with the PCB over the staging of the series in Pakistan. "We hope that by this time next year there will be a full-fledged tour by at least one (full) member country".

"The ICC has already agreed to invest in security and improving the security capabilities for a three-year period", Richardson said, adding that he would like to see other countries sending their teams to Pakistan.

The two Asian boards had signed an MoU in 2014 to play six bilateral series, which included up to 14 Tests, 30 ODIs and 12 T20Is between 2015 and 2023, four of which were to be hosted by Pakistan.

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"I understand that at the moment diplomatic relations between the two are not as rosy". "Certainly I think the intention would be to bring member countries to tour Pakistan, not a World XI tour, and that would be the ideal to have worldwide cricket return to Pakistan in normal circumstances".

As per ICC's terms of reference, both boards have to get into discussions to resolve the dispute amicably. "We are focusing on having a team from an ICC member state play in Pakistan. We don't want ICC members resorting to taking legal action against each other", Richardson said.

It's been an historic week in the world of cricket as Pakistan hosted their first high profile series since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009 which took the lives of innocent civilians and left many injured, including cricketers.

Zimbabwe toured the country in 2015 and now World XI side comprising players from seven Test playing nations but India and Zimbabwe are participating in the three T20I series. "India is about to tour Australia and this tour was sandwiched between a very busy FTP [Future Tours Programme]". From a political point of view, obviously, if an Indian player would have been a part of this tour you can imagine the level of focus he would have attracted and the pressures it would have brought from the security point of view.