Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pakistan Cricket Board's $43 Million Revenue and Budget

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spends about $43 million on national and international cricket every year, according to media reports. It receives about $16.5 million a year share from the International Cricket Council (ICC) as part of the new revenue sharing model while the rest comes from Pakistan Super League (PSL) and multiple bilateral cricket series with other ICC member nations. PCB could earn significantly more if India, with its huge media market, agrees to honor its prior commitments to play bilateral series with Pakistan. PCB has threatened to sue BCCI to recover $200 million in lost revenue since 2007.

ICC Revenue Sharing:

Under a new deal announced by the International Cricket Club (ICC) after its recent board meeting in Dubai, Pakistan's PCB will receive $132 million from 2015 through 2023. India's BCCI will receive $293 million across the eight-year cycle, the ECB $143 million, Zimbabwe Cricket $94 million and the remaining seven Full Members $132 million each. Associate Members will receive total combined funding of $280 million, according to ESPN sports network.

Source: ESPN


The new, more equitable revenue sharing model will replace the "Big Three" financial model drawn up by the boards of India, England and Australia that allocated much larger revenue share to them.

As expected India is not happy with the reduction in its share of the ICC revenue to $ 293 million. While the new distribution model is not a complete rollback to the equal funding from ICC events that Full Members like Pakistan used to receive, it is considerably lower than the $440 million the BCCI stood to earn under the Big Three model. The associate members of ICC would be the biggest losers if the BCCI demand for $440 million was accepted.

India-Pakistan Series:

India, with its massive media market, generates significantly more revenue that any other national cricket team and it has not played a full bilateral series with Pakistan since 2007. PCB had signed an MoU with the BCCI officials in 2014 on the sidelines of an ICC meeting. Under the MoU, Pakistan and India were to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 but India so far has refused to honor its commitment saying that the Modi government has not given it permission for bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan.

The BCCI has refused even to play Pakistan on neutral venues including Sri Lanka. PCB claims it has lost nearly $200 million because of India's failure to deliver. BCCI has also rejected ICC chief Shashank Manohar's offer of additional $100 million to Pakistan to cover its losses, according to India Today.  PCB is now threatening to sue BCCI to recover its losses.

Pakistan Super League: 

Pakistan Super League has become a significant source of revenue for PCB since its launch in 2016. The auction of the teams in 2016 generated $18.6 million for PCB in 2016, according to media reports.  This year, PCB earned a profit of $2.6 million net after all the expenses of PSL's second season.

PCB Plans: 

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said PCB plans to use the money for new cricket academies across the nation and to set up cricket programs at schools and universities and to sponsor cricket clubs.  In addition, sports facilities like cricket pitches and grounds will be improved across the country.

Summary:

Pakistan Cricket Board seems to be achieving self-sufficiency and the wherewithal to fund the sport of cricket in Pakistan better than ever before. In addition to the money from the ICC revenue sharing, PCB is also getting a new revenue stream from the PSL to help meet its needs. It's important that the PCB follows through on its plans to support cricket programs at schools and universities and cricket clubs, and to improve sports facilities in the country.


20 comments:

Riaz Haq said...

“We [the PCB] were at loss due to the creation of Big Three in the ICC and with its abolition, Pakistan will get the [monetary] benefit of $39 million,” the PCB chief stated.

“We due to Big Three set-up suffered in many ways. For example, we were scheduled to play six [bilateral] series with India; but they backed out of the commitment due to which we suffered huge financial losses,” he added.

“With the abolition of Big Three, now the ICC will be more professional and democratic as its member countries will get equal financial benefits and representation in the Council,” said the PCB chairman.

Answering a question, Shaharyar said the Big Three set-up was adversely affecting world cricket, adding that several promises were made to Pakistan but not fulfilled which caused huge financial losses to the PCB.

“Now with the elimination of Big three from world cricket, we hope that a new era will begin in the ICC, and in Pakistan cricket,” said Shaharyar.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1329865

Dawud M. said...

Good to see that ICC is disbursing funds to cash strapped boards to continue development of the game.

The ICC funding is kept alive with BCCI (India) contributing to over 70% of ICC revenue. The revenue distribution however gives BCCI around 23% which is much lower than what they are entitled to.

BCCI funds the entire game in India and receives no assistance from the Government.


Riaz Haq said...

Dawud: "BCCI funds the entire game in India and receives no assistance from the Government."

Given the huge size of India's media market, the BCCI is the richest cricket board in the world.


The Richest Cricket Boards of the World


http://sportycious.com/richest-cricket-boards-world-91423/

The New Zealand Cricket (NZC)

Worth: US$ 9 million

The New Zealand Cricket board is standing at the bottom of the list as cricket is the second popular game in the country after Rugby. Although the kiwi cricketers do earn a lot because of playing in many T20 leagues across the world, the cricket board is still struggling to earn big like other cricket boards.

West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)

Worth: US$ 15 million

Actually the West Indies Cricket Board is a combination of many Caribbean cricket playing nations. Since early 1900s different Caribbean countries playing as a one team and had some fantastic time on the international cricket arena from 1970s to mid 1990s but since then soccer and other American sports has taken over the imagination of the youth there. Cricket is still alive there but not as it was in the past, hence WICB is also struggling to earn lots of money. But there is a hope. Just last year a franchise based Caribbean Cricket League has been established and it has become an instant hit, hopefully that will attract more and more people to reconnect with the game.


Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)

Worth: US$ 20 million


The Sri Lankan team probably is one of the top most international cricket teams but the financial position of their cricket board is nothing to feel happy about. It is on the edge to say the least and surviving only on television rights mostly. The board is not even been able to pay the salaries to its cricketers and often the anger of Lankan cricketers comes out in open.

Cricket Australia (CA)

Worth 24 million

Cricket Australia is a public limited company and it is one of the richest sporting bodies in the country. With the Australian Cricket team doing consistently well and cricket still remains the focus of the people there Cricket Australia doesn’t have to worry too much about the money. With lucrative KFC T20 Bash league Cricket Australia can certainly look forward.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)

Worth: US$ 55 million

Despite the country has been badly hit by terrorism, despite the team has to play their ‘home games’ outside and despite the board has been running ad hoc for last so many years, the PCB seems to be doing well on the economic front. May be because the fan following it has and hence the television rights and frequent foreign tour guarantee money are the reasons for their fair enough position.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

Worth US$ 59 million

One of the three richest cricket boards of the world is ECB. The place where cricket was born and the following for all three styles of the game are equally popular, the earning is bound to be good. The ECB is also the inventor Twenty20 cricket and its league may not be franchise based but still very lucrative. Plus ECB has an equal say on all important cricketing matters too make a big difference.

Cricket South Africa (CSA)

Worth: US$ 69 million

Despite earning so much Cricket South Africa is spending more than what they are earning, hence they are actually making losses. They are hugely dependent on television rights and teams touring their country more frequently than not. But the team is doing good and that is a good news for them.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

Worth US$ 295 million

It seems that the BCCI has a Midas touch because whatever they do (or don’t do in a few cases) they bound to earn money and lots of them. There was a period when BCCI was not even able to pay their cricketers on time, but since India’s win of the 1983 world cup changed the fortunes of the Indian cricket. The big moment came when in 2008 the Indian Premier League or IPL started and the BCCI started to mint more money.

Raz said...

In Pakistan government controls 100% of the cricket board. Lot of money disappears and wasted and is not spent on improving facilities. Facility are the same since 1980s and now Bangladesh has better grounds than us

Riaz Haq said...

Bahria Town starts building Pakistan’s largest cricket stadium

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/198744-Bahria-Town-starts-building-Pakistans-largest-cricket-stadium

To have capacity of 50,000; to be built at Bahria Town Karachi; Malik Riaz Hussain says Rafi Cricket Stadium will revive international cricket in two years; we want to create jobs and business opportunities, promote education to build a prosperous Pakistan

KARACHI: Bahria Town Karachi held the ground-breaking ceremony of the Rafi Cricket Stadium to mark the beginning of construction work on the largest and latest cricket stadium in Pakistan on Friday. The graceful ceremony was held at the stadium site, which was attended by top management of Bahria Town and Bahria Town Karachi, legendry cricketers including Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Shoaib Muhammad, Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal and Fawad Alam. Cricket aficionados, residents of Bahria Town Karachi and people from other parts of the city were also present.

The stadium has three levels designed as per the ICC standards with capacity of 50,000, which is the largest in Pakistan. Equipped with floodlights, digital scoreboards, LED screens, indoor training facilities and a hostel, this world-class cricket facility will feature an international standard academy for the promotion of cricket in Pakistan.

The cricket stadium is located in Bahria Sports City which is the top choice for those who prefer a healthy and active lifestyle. Offering luxury villas and residential plots, a model villa at Sports City is now open for visit. Chairman Bahria Town Malik Riaz Hussain, who was the chief guest on the occasion, performed the ground-breaking ceremony by pressing the button to start the crane at the site.

Riaz Haq said...

THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE > PAKISTAN
PCB reinitiates Shakarparian cricket stadium

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1058115/pcb-reinitiates-shakarparian-cricket-stadium/

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rebooted an abandoned project to build an international standard cricket stadium in the Shakarparian area.

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the PCB signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2012 under which the CDA allotted 35 acres near Shakarparian for the construction of the stadium. The project was supposed to be completed within a year, with 30 per cent of income from international matches and sponsorships to be given to the CDA, while remaining 70 per cent would go to the PCB.

The project fell through due to the PCB’s financial woes.

The PCB has now applied for a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) to execute the project, a source privy to the development told The Express Tribune.

In addition to the proposed 50,000 seat stadium, a cricket academy, a five-star hotel, and other related facilities were part of the project in the forest area.
Green city or concrete city

The stadium would be constructed in three years at a cost of Rs2 billion, according to initial estimates. According to an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report, the project will cause environmental degradation in the form of loss of 450 to 500 fully grown trees, while vegetation and shrubs on 15 acres will be effected. The project will also have bearing on wildlife and fauna and flora in the area, according to the EIA report.

BD said...

and you left Bangladesh lol
and i am sure it the figure is not correct.
CA ranks top 3 in rankings (not sure about above ECB or not)
this is why it called Big3 member duh ! !

Riaz Haq said...

BD: "and you left Bangladesh lol"

BCB becomes fifth richest cricket board

http://dunyanews.tv/en/Cricket/374777-BCB-becomes-fifth-richest-cricket-board

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has become the fifth richest cricket board of the world according to a report.

As per details, BCB is behind Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket South Africa (CSA), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The report has disclosed that BCB is richer than even Cricket Australia (CA). The net worth of BCB at the moment is USD 51 million, whereas, CA’s net worth is USD 24 million.

This news should be no surprise for the readers as the love for cricket in Bangladesh is not hidden from anybody. Moreover, the addition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has benefited BCB manifolds in generating the revenues as well as raising the standards of cricket in the country.

BCCI tops the list of richest cricket boards with net worth of USD 295 million, CSA is second with USD 79 and ECB is third with USD 59 million.

PCB comes at number four with net worth of USD 55 million. It is also worth mentioning here that Pakistan have been deprived of cricket at home for many years, which has affected the board’s revenue as well. It is expected that PCB will generate more income and increase its net worth once cricket returns home.

Dawood M. said...

BCCI also pays cricketers very well, finally bringing their salaries on par with International athletes.

There is no better way to improve performance than paying them well.

Below are 2017 salaries of top players.

http://www.totalsportek.com/money/richest-cricketers/

Player Salary Endorsement Total

1. Virat Kohil $6.9 m $20 m $26.9 m

2. MS Dhoni $5.7 m $14 m $19.7 m

3. Chris Gayle $4.5 m $3m $7.5 m

4. AB De Villiers $4.2 m $2m $6.5 m

5. David Warner $ 3.5 m $2m $5.5m

6. Mitchell Starc $3.5m $500k $4m

7. Virender Sehwag $1.8m $2m $3.8m

8. Yuvraj Singh $1.8m $2m $3.8m

9. Gautam Ghambir $1.1m $1m $2.2m

10. Steven Smith $2m $500k $2.5m
May 4, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Riaz Haq said...

Dawud: "BCCI also pays cricketers very well, finally bringing their salaries on par with International athletes."

Hope they don't favor a few at the expense of many.

Already, India is one of most unequal countries in the world with the top 1% owning 58.4% of the nation's wealth while many go hungry

http://www.riazhaq.com/2016/11/cs-wealth-report-2016-average-pakistani.html

Riaz Haq said...

When it comes to salaries, it’s all about location

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/when-it-comes-to-salaries-its-all-about-location/news-story/600a328e795bbec55087a7022ea3a03f

Australian and Indian cricketers earn the most. Bangladeshi and Zimbabwean cricketers get peanuts. Unsurprisingly, the highest paid nations do much better than the lowest paid nations in world cricket rankings, making the competition very uneven.

Many nations pay players about 25 per cent of cricket revenue, but base salaries differ greatly depending on national crowds and TV earnings.

Cricket is a major sport in India and Australia so corporate sponsorships often exceed base salaries.

The three top performing nations are Australia, India and South Africa.

Top Australian cricketers’ base salaries from Cricket Australia are $1.5 million, plus $200,000 for 10 Tests.

Top Indian official base salaries are $250,000 plus $100,000 for Tests, but overall earnings are boosted by huge sponsorships and lucrative Indian IPL Twenty20 contracts.

Cricket is less important in South Africa and England. SA’s top cricketers earn $200,000 — good pay in a poor country. England players’ generous base salary is $1.3 million, plus $250,000 for Tests.

On the downside, extra earnings are limited in England, given limited sponsorships and the Indian IPL coinciding with the English cricket season.

New Zealand’s top players’ base salaries are $186,000 plus $79,000 for Tests.

Sri Lankan and West Indian top cricketers get $186,000 plus match fees. Pakistani top players get base salaries of $70,000 plus $52,000 for Tests.

Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are the worst paid, with top base salaries of $41,000 and $20,000 respectively.

Good compared with domestic alternatives, but they can earn more playing cricket elsewhere.

Players earn extra money above official base salaries from bonuses, one day and Twenty20 internationals, the Indian IPL, Australian Big Bash and English county cricket, or corporate sponsorships.

Total earnings estimates are less reliable, but Michael Clarke, Mitch Johnson, David Warner and Shane Watson reportedly earned more than $4 million each last year; Steve Smith $3 million and Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Starc and Aaron Finch around $2 million each.

Australian cricketers can earn big money in the lucrative Indian IPL after retiring from international cricket, with Brett Lee on $3.5 million and Michael Hussey $1.5 million.

You earn big bucks playing in India, where the game’s popularity draws huge sponsorships and IPL contracts.

Of the Indians, MS Dhoni was the highest-paid world cricketer in 2015, with $4.5 million in salary and an amazing $37 million in endorsements. Sachin Tendulkar earned $24 million in endorsements alone. In total Virat Kohli earned $16 million and Gautam Gambhir $11 million.

Chris Gayle (West Indies) and Kevin Pietersen (England) no longer play for their countries, but earned $9 million and $6 million respectively.

Cricket pays well if you are in the right country and are good at the short form.

Top cricketers need business managers and investment advisers, as well as cricket coaches.

In Australia, cricketers earn more than in salary-capped sports like AFL and there are more well-paid Australians in cricket than tennis or golf.

Riaz Haq said...

A story from Indian media in 2014 prior to the "ICC Big 3" vote then:

'PCB could make $100 million revenue if it agrees to new ICC order'

http://www.firstpost.com/sports/pcb-could-make-100-million-revenue-if-it-agrees-to-new-icc-order-1368183.html

The Pakistan Cricket Board was paid around $58 to 60 million as its share of the International Cricket Council (ICC) events held in the present cycle of eight years, which ends in 2014.

A well-informed source told PTI that this amount didn't include the compensation amount of around $15 millions the PCB got from the ICC after the 2011 World Cup matches were moved from Pakistan due to security reasons.


"Interestingly in the revised draft working paper aimed at restructuring of world cricket and ICC governance and distribution of finances among member countries, Pakistan's share will grow significantly in the next cycle of ICC events fro 2015 to 2023," he said.

"Pakistan's share could cross $100 million if it supports the revised draft paper being pushed by India, Australia and England and which will be put to vote at the next executive board meeting in Singapore on 8 February," the source said.

He said the PCB had also been told during and on the sidelines of the ICC executive board meeting held in Dubai this week that it could also earn substantial revenues from the new bilateral agreements that will go into effect from 2015.

David Cohen said...

Total revenue of cricket all over the world is 1.7 billion. India generates 70% of it, which is 1.2 billion. And as per ICC vote should get 293 million while remaining one should be distributed to others. wah wah.

Also, why is Pak cricket revenue just 43 million. Is their economy that bad? If I am not mistaken, no team has traveled to Pakistan for 10+ yrs. So why are they blaming India alone. In any case, India should never allow Pak to earn even 1 dollar from India.

Riaz Haq said...

DC: "So why are they blaming India alone. In any case, India should never allow Pak to earn even 1 dollar from India."

Pakistan and any other ICC member nations gets nothing from India. The revenue that is shared is by the ICC from the ICC events.

India has the option of not participating in the ICC events in which case it will get zero revenue from the ICC

Riaz Haq said...

Story from 2014:

Pakistan Cricket Board Earns 800 Million Rupees In Profits

https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/pakistan-cricket-board-earns-800-million-rupees-in-profits-1514424

The outgoing chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi, has claimed that in the fiscal year ending June, 2014 the PCB, which was in danger of going bankrupt in three years' time, has ended up with profits of 800 million rupees.
Sethi, who is stepping down as PCB chairman as the board prepares for fresh elections on August 18 to elect a new chief, said the amount was the highest pretax profits since 2011 against budgeted deficit of 366 million rupees for this fiscal year.
"This has been achieved mainly due to austerity measures, economies of all scales and generation of better revenues especially television rights," he said.
Sethi said there had been a 12 percent reduction in administrative costs in his tenure compared to previous year.
"This entails mainly reduction of staff, elimination of unnecessary travel, elimination of unnecessary advertisement and promo expenses."
According to him, 657 million rupees were budgeted for matches at neutral venues but actual expenses were 500 million, leading to a reduction of 24 percent while there was also a reduction of 17 percent in expenses on tours outside Pakistan.
"246 million rupees was budgeted while actual expense is about 217 million," he added.
Sethi claimed that when he took charge he was told by the CFO at his first meeting on the budget that if things continued in the same manner in the board, PCB would be bankrupt in three years' time.
"I was aghast at the continuing budget deficit eating into our revenues," Sethi said.
"I have emphasised on increasing investment income as compared to previous year and budget and in a complete stopover of massive capital expenditure that was originally budgeted for two billion rupees has been reduced to 196 million rupees and this as saved millions for PCB and greatly contributed towards enhanced liquidity of PCB," he stated.

Riaz Haq said...

Pakistan Super League a Success! PCB Eyes Revenue of $50 million

https://www.thequint.com/sports/2016/02/23/pakistan-super-league-a-success-pcb-eyes-revenue-of-dollar50-million


Pakistan’s inaugural national cricket league has been an unexpected success, even though all the matches have been played in the United Arab Emirates.
If all goes according to plan, PSL will generate revenues of approximately $50 million, according to cricket board estimates. A 10-year forecast sees the board making profits of $50-60 million.
But the PSL has a long way to go if it wants to catch up with the likes of IPL. The 2015 Indian Premier League season earned revenues of $418 million.

Pakistan’s inaugural national cricket league has been an unexpected success, even though all the matches have been played in the United Arab Emirates due to security risks.
Since the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was announced last September, the country’s cricket board has sold five franchises for $93 million and attracted players from 11 different countries.
They include big names like West Indies batsman Chris Gayle and former players Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and England’s Kevin Pietersen.

The biggest surprise, however, has been the response from Pakistan’s public. The people have given the PSL more importance than the 2015 World Cup.
Since matches began in the UAE on February 4, national television viewing figures have been higher than for the 2015 World Cup, with 55 percent of Pakistan’s TV-watching public tuning into the tournament at peak times.
Tuesday’s final match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators in Dubai is expected to attract similar figures. The match is sold out.

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If all goes according to plan, PSL will generate revenues of approximately $50 million, according to cricket board estimates. A 10-year forecast sees the board making profits of $50-60 million.
Given the size of Pakistan’s potential market of 180 million people, cricket experts say it is possible to imagine the PSL becoming one of the biggest cricket leagues in the world.
Despite the success of PSL’s first season, the real test for the cricket board will be if it can permanently bring the game back home.
Pakistan Cricket Board officials said before the season that the ruling body approached over a hundred cricketers to ask them if they would be willing to play on Pakistani soil. Unfortunately, None of them agreed.
“Next year, we hope to have at least the opening and closing PSL matches on Pakistani soil,” PSL Chairman Sethi said. “That is the dream.”

Anonymous said...

The prime reason for the BCCI's unhappiness is the ICC's new financial model, according to which the Indian board receives only $293 million from the ICC's revenues. The ICC chairman Shashank Manohar put an additional $100 million on the negotiating table - an offer that still stands - but the Choudhury refused it. The BCCI wants $570 million, the share it was getting under the previous Big Three model.

Riaz Haq said...

End of #ICC Big 3: #BCCI backs off from boycott threat, #India to defend Champions Trophy - Times of India. #cricket

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/news/bcci-backs-down-india-to-defend-champions-trophy/articleshow/58568165.cms

The BCCI's threats to pull the Indian team out of the Champions Trophy ended with a whimper on Sunday. Left with no choice after the Committee of Administrators told it not to adopt a confrontational approach with the ICC, the BCCI's Special General Meeting (SGM) unanimously cleared the participation of the Indian team, the event's defending champions.
The meeting apparently did not began on such a conciliatory note. According to sources who were present at the SGM, former BCCI president N Srinivasan, who was representing the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, joined the meeting from London via Skype. Srinivasan suggested issuing a legal notice to the ICC to revoke the Member Participation Agreement (MPA), said the sources.
At least three representatives — Abhay Apte (Maharashtra), Kapil Malhotra (Cricket Club of India) and Rajeev Shukla (Uttar Pradesh, and IPL chairman) — apparently responded that India would lose out massively in terms of revenue and could also face sanctions from the world governing body if it pulled out of the MPA.
Gauging the mood of the house, Srinivasan then dropped his suggestion, said the sources. It was followed by the members even coming out of the meeting room and saying that there wasn't any talk about pulling out of the Champions Trophy.
The BCCI and ICC have been at odds after ICC reduced India's revenue share from $570 million to $293 million. It was revealed to the members thro ugh the CoA that India would be lo sing around Rs 150 crore per year if BCCI's original demand to ICC was not considered. The members also understood that if India plays three to four more bilateral games in a year, it would make up the loss.

Riaz Haq said...

#India's #BCCI's MoU with #Pakistan's #PCB is 'just a letter', not a formal 'contract', claims BCCI. #cricket

https://www.dawn.com/news/1331643

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday indicated that it wants to fulfil the commitment being made under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pakistani Cricket Board (PCB), however, the board needs approval from the Indian government before it can play Pakistan in a bilateral series, reported ESPNcricinfo.com.

The BCCI secretary, however, claimed that the MoU was "just a letter" and not a formal "contract" and added that the board wanted to fulfil the commitment because it was written with the intent to do so, provided the government gave the go-ahead.

BCCI Secretary Amitabh Choudhary told ESPNcricinfo.com that no matter what the nature of its agreement with the PCB is, the board needs formal approval from the government.

PCB had sent the BCCI a notice under the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee's terms of reference last week for not fulfilling its commitment in accordance with a MoU signed in 2014.


India and Pakistan have not played a full series — apart from two T20Is and three ODIs in 2012 — since the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, which the Indian government blamed on terrorists based out of Pakistan, said the report.

Political relations between the countries remained strained as of today.

"I can assure you that this is a subject where the government has to accord permission," Choudhary said.

"I must inform you that the BCCI has already written to the government in March with regard to the FTP with Pakistan. Unless we hear from them, I cannot make a comment. As far as cricket concerned, if it is a contract, both would try to honour."

When Choudhary was asked if the MoU could be revoked in the absence of government permission, he said: "I don't remember the exact wordings but it is inherent. Honouring of it cannot happen without the government's permission. In any case, it was just a communication, it was just a letter from the secretary of BCCI. So it is not a formal contract as yet."

The BCCI secretary at that time was Sanjay Patel, who could not be reached for a comment.

Rajeev Shukla, the IPL chairman and a former board vice-president, said that the BCCI would not want to play the series at a neutral venue though.

"We have had a consistent policy that we will play on each other's soil," Shukla said. "Pakistan's security situation is not such where you can have a series on their soil. Only Zimbabwe has played a series and no other countries are touring Pakistan. They are not being able to provide adequate security. First you make your venues such where you can provide fool-proof security. And for India, the security concerns are even more. How can we risk our players?"

The PCB's position, however, is that it must host the first series between Pakistan and India, as stated in the MoU. The PCB has hosted its home series largely in the UAE ever since the Sri Lankan team was attacked in Pakistan in 2009.

Talking about the India-West Indies series at a neutral venue, Florida, recently, Shukla said those T20s were a home series for India, and the BCCI had staged the games in the USA to explore a new market.


Riaz Haq said...

Playing for ‘Our Own,’ #Afghanistan’s #Cricket Stars Return Home From #Pakistan as Heroes - http://NYTimes.com

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/world/asia/afghanistan-cricket-fans-leagues-pakistan.html


Cricket has had a remarkable rise in Afghanistan, after its first team was born, more than a decade ago, by players returning home from the dusty parks of a refugee camp in Pakistan. Now Afghanistan’s team consistently ranks in the world’s top 10.

“A very long journey, in a very short time,” said Shukrullah Atif Mashal, chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board. “I think it’s a great example, for all institutions in Afghanistan.”


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There is tremendous money in the game. The International Cricket Council, the sport’s organizing body, gives Afghanistan about $1.4 million a year, around 33 percent of the game’s overall budget, Mr. Mashal said. The rest comes from private sponsors, their willing numbers increasing with the game’s popularity.

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These days, a top national team player could make as much as $10,000 a month, with everything from salary to match fees included, according to Mr. Mashal. That is a large sum in a country where a police officer’s monthly salary is about $200. Then there are private leagues for bonus income. A player like Mr. Shafaq, for example, is paid about $1,000 for a week’s play in a private tournament like this one. Other leagues offer as much as $500 a match.

Some top Afghan players also play for the game’s largest international leagues, in Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Caribbean. The talk these days is about two players who were given contracts in the lucrative Indian Premier League, the highest private stage for the game. The Afghan teenage star Rashid Khan got a whopping $600,000 contract, and a veteran, Mohammed Nabi, received $46,000 — all for about six weeks’ play.