PCB earmarks only Rs 6.4m for security out of Rs 2.6bn budget
Karachi: Continuous violence in the country may have kept foreign teams away from Pakistan but it doesn’t bother the PCB as it has earmarked only a small sum of its budget for security.
In its 2.6 billion budget for 2010-2011, the Pakistan Cricket Board has earmarked just 6.4 million rupees to be spent on security costs, whereas security remains one of the main reasons why foreign teams refuse to tour Pakistan.
Since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore last year no international cricket has been organised in the country.
The International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat has also expressed fears that lack of cricket due to security reasons in Pakistan could dent the future of sport in the country.
The board has earmarked 25 million rupees for security equipment for the stadiums in Rawalpindi, Karachi and Lahore, while a sum of 26.5 million rupees has been allocated for legal and professional charges in the budget.
The board has also earmarked 12.6 million for media costs and 88.4 million rupees on players costs.
The board will also pay the selectors and team officials salaries amounting to 34.9 million rupees.
With Pakistan team forced to play its ‘home’ matches at neutral venues, the national team home tours will cost the board 338.5 million and the national team away tours will cost 386.5 million rupees.
The cost of national team international tournaments is 115.7 million rupees.
Similarly the junior team international tours will cost the board 15.8 million rupees.
The board is also going to spend 41 million rupees in the fiscal year on players development.
There is also a head of cricket related expenses amounting to 474 million rupees and another head of cricket expenses of 520.5 million rupees.
Other expenses that stand out are 314 million rupees on staff cost and 33.2 million on other administrative expenses while 65.4 million would be spent on traveling costs.
A sum of 51 million rupees has also been kept for contingencies and Charman’s office.