PCB still awaiting payments from ECB

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2010, 17:21 PM IST

Karachi: The PCB is still awaiting clearance of payments from ECB for the two series it`s cricket team played in England against Australia and the home side.

Well placed sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board told reporters that after the growing dispute between the two boards over the spot-fixing allegations, the PCB was concerned about getting its full payments cleared from ECB.

"So far the PCB has not received any major payments from the England and Wales Cricket Board against the twin series in England," one source confirmed.

The ECB hosted a series between Pakistan and Australia, consisting of of two Tests and two Twenty20 matches, after the Aussies refused to tour Pakistan because of security concerns.

After Australia, Pakistan also played a non-reciprocal series against England including four Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 matches to replace the scheduled West Indies tour.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two boards in June last year, both PCB and ECB have agreed that there will be no reciprocal tour by England to Pakistan.

Both the parties also agreed that Pakistan`s next tour to England will be in 2015.

The ECB, under the MoU, has to pay a participation fee of USD 3.6 million to PCB and 75 per cent of this amount was to be paid on the first day of the first Test and the remaining within 15 days after the conclusion of the tour.

Under the MoU for Pakistan and Australia series, the PCB was guaranteed a minimum of USD 1.9 million with PCB also retaining the broadcasting and sponsorship fees from the neutral Test matches.

Under the MoU, the ECB will pay PCB staging fee bids for the rights to ticket sales, catering, corporate hospitality and ground advertisement for the two Tests and two T20 matches and proceeds from these staging fees is to be split in equal halves between the two boards.

Relations between PCB and ECB have deteriorated after Ejaz Butt indirectly accused English players of being involved in match-fixing during the just concluded ODI series.

The English players, with the approval of ECB, have sent a legal notice to the PCB chairman to give an unconditional apology and also pay compensation to them.

"The situation is headed for a legal battle between the PCB and English players. Obviously, this will lead to further dispute between ECB and PCB," one source added.

PTI

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