Karachi: PCB’s finances would be hit hard if India does not agree to play a return series against Pakistan, feels the country’s former cricket board chairman, Ijaz Butt.
The Indian Board ( BCCI) recently agreed to resume the bilateral ties with Pakistan, with a short one-day series between the two nations in December 2012-January 2013.
However, Butt said if India didn’t play a home series to Pakistan, even at a neutral venue by next year, the financial health of the PCB could turn pretty bad.
“We haven’t played a bilateral home series with India since 2006 and to compound matters for us, international tours have also not taken place in Pakistan since the 2009 incident. So, it is very important for us to get something out of the series with India this year,” Butt said.
“When we play a home series against India, we earn $40 to 45 million from the broadcasting rights. Similarly, when India hosts us they earn around $100 million in media rights,” he added.
The former chairman pointed out that Pakistan board needed a steady flow of income to run its affairs.
“Cricket is an expensive game to run and you need money for that. When I was the chairman, I tried to get maximum revenues from the ICC for the 2011 World Cup. But playing India for us is far more important.