Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has claimed that Pakistan has received a positive response from International Cricket Council (ICC), on its request for monetary aids from the game’s apex body.
With no international cricket team touring Pakistan since March 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, the PCB had suffered huge losses of revenues.
Talking to The Dawn, Shaharyar Khan said that the board’s presentation was taken in a positive way. The chairman said that Pakistan Task force head Giles Clarke has a soft corner for Pakistan and it would help Pakistan’s cause.
“Our detailed presentation seeking support was considered in a positive way and Pakistan Task Force head Giles Clarke will go through the demand to suggest ways in which the ICC can support PCB,” Shaharyar Khan said.
“It’s good that Mr. Clarke is the head of ICC’s Finance Committee and he has a soft corner for Pakistan. I will meet him next week and officially submit the needs of the PCB.
“As far as the survival of the PCB is concerned, it isn’t a problem as we have funds to meet the expenditures of foreign teams even in the UAE.
But after meeting those expenses, we have no funds to promote cricket as schools, colleges and varsities and therefore the game is suffering domestically.
“It is very expensive to host teams in the UAE but we have been playing there for the last seven years,” added Shaharyar on Pakistan having only seen lowly-rated Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Kenya arrive for tours since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.
The UAE has since been Pakistan’s home venue.
“While the PCB is making a heavy expenditure in UAE, the locals are eagerly awaiting international cricket at home,” said Shaharyar.
“The crowd in Lahore [when Zimbabwe visited last year] was amazing and despite all the matches being played at one venue, spectators thronged the Gaddafi Stadium on every occasion.”
Shaharyar Khan also expressed his happiness over the team’s brilliant performance in the practice match against Somerset. He hoped that the Pakistani team would continue to perform like this in the upcoming four-Test series against England.
“We wanted this kind of a start and it will encourage our players to do well in the Test series,” Shaharyar said. “We expect the same kind of performances once the Test matches begin.”