PCB willing to arrange a home series in UAE
Jannatul Naym Pieal
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has offered to host Bangladesh in the United Arab Emirates in a home series that – if the later mentioned side accept – will replace the scheduled tour of Pakistan to Bangladesh in April-May 2015.
Former PCB chairman Najam Aziz Sethi, who now heads the powerful executive committee, said Friday that a deadlock still persisted between the two boards over sharing of revenues if Pakistan toured Bangladesh in April-May.
“Our contention is simple. They owe us a home series as they were scheduled to tour Pakistan in 2012 and didn’t come. We on other hand toured Bangladesh in 2011,” claimed Mr. Sethi.
“We have now told them that it is our turn to host a series and if they want us to tour then the Bangladesh board must share 50 percent revenues with us or else we have even offered to host them in the UAE as our home series.”
He said the Bangladesh Cricket Board had to understand that the PCB also had to safeguard its financial interests.
“They pulled out of a confirmed tour in 2012 and we suffered loss in revenues. We are just saying that this series is now our home series and if they want to host it they must share the revenues or what do we gain out of the coming series,” he also added.
Asked whether what would Pakistan’s final stance if Bangladesh refused to share revenues, Sethi said the PCB was continuing a process of negotiation and was hopeful the Bangladesh Cricket Board would try to understand the situation.
“Let us not jump to conclusions as we are hopeful this tour will also earn us some revenues,” he said.
This new offer by PCB has come to the media after all the ‘unrealistic’ conditions set by them was blown away by the chairman of BCB, Nazmus Hasan Papon, just three days ago. He clearly informed the reporters at his Gulahan residence that the board, at any circumstance, won’t agree to the terms. But as PCB has now come forward with a whole new offer and BCB is supposed to arrange an official press conference soon, it will be interesting to see how BCB reacts to this.