PCB chief Ashraf admits fate of Indo-Pak series hangs in balance
Islamabad: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf and The Board of Cricket Council (BCCI) president N Srinivasan met on the sidelines of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) annual conference recently, and Ashraf has claimed both the boards have agreed on a series in principle, but not on any specific details.
The dates and venues of for the series between traditional rivals India and Pakistan haven’t been decided yet, he said.
“We’d already agreed in May to playing each other, which Srinivasan reconfirmed. We will play, that’s for sure, but dates and revenue matters are yet to be finalized,” a newspaper quoted Ashraf, as saying.
Ashraf said Pakistan was ready for progress on the series but Srinivasan had said he would only be able to commit after checking with Indian authorities.
It is Pakistan’s turn to host a bilateral series, though Ashraf said the BCCI had the choice to decide on the dates.
It’s understood the BCCI is not keen to play at a neutral venue, and Pakistan are ready to play in India.
However, the PCB would want the BCCI to share revenue because it has apparently not yet recovered from the loss suffered when India pulled out of their planned tour in 2009.
The PCB is currently facing a shortfall of approximately 75 million dollars in its annual budget and is looking at the India series to make up the deficit.