PCB want bigger share of Indo-Pak cash


Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan requested at the recent ICC annual conference that Pakistan get a bigger share of the revenue generated by Indo-Pakistan clashes, given the interest they generate.

Khan wrote in a paper for the meeting, as quoted on Cricinfo, that the PCB lost out on home series revenue, and should be better compensated for the interest generated when they play India in ICC events.

He also suggested that the PCB should get extra financial help as they do not play series at home, and should be compensated for the fact that they have to always travel to the UAE for 'home series'.

Khan wrote of the Indo-Pak matches: "Pakistan continues to play India in ICC events. The interest and finances that these generate are unparalleled.

"Tickets for the World Cup matches in Adelaide and Calcutta sold out quicker than other major sporting events – Wimbledon, the Olympics being two examples.

"The financial income in ICC championships benefits enormously from India – Pakistan clashes. Currently, all members benefit from the windfall from these matches. [The] Chairman proposed that Pakistan should be given a higher percentage of this income."

The paper then said of Pakistan playing away from home: "Pakistan is the only country that plays its home matches in a third country. This has placed a huge financial burden on Pakistan cricket.

"This includes having to play host in one of the most expensive destinations in the world. Dubai, for example, was recently ranked as the most expensive holiday destination. To host two teams – Pakistan and the opposition, scorers, umpires, other officials – in the UAE is prohibitively expensive.

"In addition, the hiring of grounds is a further drain. Little is recouped through gate receipts. Therefore, every time we play at home it is a further drain on resources.

"Pakistan is also suffering cricket-wise. Many of the national teams have never played a match at home against international teams. These cricketers have been denied the opportunity to benefit from home crowds.

"At the same time the cricketing public is starved of cricket at home – when Zimbabwe toured all five matches [two T20Is, three ODIs] were sold out in minutes."