PCB not paying Zimbabwe to tour Pakistan
Zimbabwe will travel to Pakistan after three days. At that time, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made it clear that no extra money will be spent to bring the team to their country this time, as was done in 2015.
“The PCB paid Zimbabwe, a World XI and West Indies players between 2015 and 2018 to to tour Pakistan. We believe that was the right move then and was done to build confidence in the visiting players, the cricket boards and to help revive cricket in Pakistan.
“However, the PCB has moved on very quickly from this. It is now focusing on building, developing and strengthening trust, confidence and credibility in the eyes of the cricketing world,”
PCB Chief Executive Officer Wasim Khan told the Associated Press of Pakistan in an exclusive interview on Saturday.
“The need to entice international players to Pakistan by offering handsome financial rewards is now firmly behind us. Instead, the PCB will invest these valuable funds into our women’s cricket, upgrading our infrastructure, improving domestic and international player contracts and developing world-class coach education programmes,” said Wasim, a former first-class cricketer and a Warwick Business School graduate.
Earlier, in 2015, PCB paid USD12,500 to each Zimbabwean player. In 2017, each member of the World XI was given USD100,000. Also PCB had to pay USD250,000 to the West Indies to play a three-match T20 series in Karachi in 2018.
International Cricket Council (ICC) has also spent money as part of bringing cricket back to Pakistan. They paid the security firm US$1.2million over three years.
By the way, Sri Lanka has played a big role in bringing Test cricket back to Pakistan after 10 long years. Following Sri Lanka’s footsteps, Bangladesh also played T20 series and a Test in Pakistan in February this year. Another Test match was scheduled in April. But due to coronavirus, it was postponed.