ICC news April 11, 2014

PCB agrees conditionally to ICC revamp

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The PCB has agreed to the proposed ICC revamp on the condition that it will be a part of bilateral series against all Full Members, including India, over the next eight years. The PCB's chairman justified his move, reasoning that Pakistan can't afford to be isolated from the rest of cricketing world, most of which had agreed to the wide-ranging changes suggested.

The PCB, according to its chairman, will gain estimated Rs 30 billion (around $310m) in next eight years from the bilateral agreements.

"Decision was made after sensing an isolation," Sethi told a media conference at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. "If we don't play big teams we could be bankrupt in the next two years so we have to stay in line and play our home series with India. Because our infrastructure is mainly run with the money generated playing international cricket, it's very important to play India because it generate major chunk of money. We have to run our cricket and we can't sit out being isolated. Hence we had to go with them but we signed with all legal binding documents and the details of all fixtures will be released soon."

Sethi has also revealed that the world governing board have asked PCB to nominate a candidate from Pakistan for the ceremonial role of ICC president next year.

The PCB is the last Full Member to have extended its support to the governance, finance and FTP changes in the ICC, which were proposed by the BCCI, the ECB and Cricket Australia in February. When the changes, which increase the power of those three boards within the ICC, were first proposed, four Full Members had come out against them: the PCB, the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). The proposals have since been revised and were approved by eight of the Full Members on February 8. SLC and the PCB were the only two to refrain from voting at that meeting, and SLC extended its support to the revamp 10 days later.

The PCB had been opposing the position paper right from the start, citing that the revamp is against the principle of "equality" and had been objecting the proposal as whole. "Since January we understand that various factors have been toned down but we lost the ground and our position was weak enough to crumble but PCB stood hard and we managed to get more than enough. I am happy that we are back in business otherwise nobody was ready to talk to Pakistan and they were chalking their own bilateral tour with the exception of Pakistan cricket."

Since July 2013, Pakistan have been without a long-term broadcasting deal, one of the major sources of income for the PCB. With no series scheduled against India until 2020, there could be testing times for the board ahead which is already dealing with a long-standing budget-deficit. In August 2013, the deficit was nearly 500 million Pakistani rupees.

"Now PCB is in a position to go with a long-term deal next year and we have estimated an amount of Rs. 30 billions with our home series after every board have assured a slot in next eight-year cycle. Apart from the broadcasting rights we will be getting a share of ICC tournament, which has been increased from 0.3 to 1.3 per cent. So at the end of the day we have good news for our cricket."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • on April 13, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Even if ICC agree on these terms there is no assurance that series with every country will take place. In the new big three format ICC have a little role in organising bilateral series between two countries. Bilateral series will depend on two countries own priorities and profits stream and if they don't see any profits playing with Pakistan they can easily refuse the series without any penalty.

  • Ilyasturi on April 13, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    nothing as such will happen. Pakistan cricket seems to be finished in next 4 to 5 years, as India will not all to give them series with bigger teams. lets hope for the best.

  • anupkeni on April 13, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Test matches between India and Pakistan will most likely end in tame draws because both teams will struggle to pick up 20 wickets against each other unless the pitch is a square turner.

  • NomiJ on April 13, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Mr. Sethi is a wise man. And Pak cricket family should be happy to have him. Mr. Sethi should have also requested 3 to include Pak players in IPL format. Their inclusion is good for cricket.

  • HealthyCric on April 13, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Well its NOT a surprise of the century.

  • Puffin on April 13, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    I don't think the PCB had any other choice other than go along with the deal agreed by the big 3. This is the future direction of cricket, like it or not. The principle of "equality" sounds nice but is impossible in practice. They've made themselves dependent on India (and the other big 2) because nobody else has the pulling power to keep them afloat.

  • on April 12, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Guys wake up to the reality of the present world. This is 'professional' sports. That means everyone needs to earn enough money. All the other patronising nonsense comes last. Look at USA. Sports like American Football and Baseball have an almost 100% internal market and those who play these games are professional sportsmen. Like any profession, the more money you offer, the more opportunity you will have to attract the best people and see the best competition. One should not ask why this is happening to cricket but why it has taken so long? India has the largest middle class in the world and cricket is our religion. Now that multinationals have seen the opportunity, money will keep pouring in and it will transform the cricket landscape beyond recognition. Other countries cannot replicate the same, because they don't have the numbers. Simple. Cricket is finally being liberated from its national boundaries. it is about time. It is inevitable. Get on board or choose another game.

  • on April 12, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Is the game bigger or the monopoly?

  • stormy16 on April 12, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    There is something fundermentally wrong when a team has to beg and plead to get a game. Yes I understand that everyone is at the mercy of India but surely India cannot use that advantage like the rich kid at school. The money is important but more so is the sport and competition and if these two critical values are compromised (as they are now) the sport will suffer and eventually the money will be less.

  • ICCexpert.... on April 12, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Drop Misbah, hafeez, Maik, Kamran and Gul. Make Afrdi captain, and include players like, Harris Sohail, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan, Zafar Gohar and Kamran Ghulam. WC 2015 is for youngsters not for old guns.

  • on April 13, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Even if ICC agree on these terms there is no assurance that series with every country will take place. In the new big three format ICC have a little role in organising bilateral series between two countries. Bilateral series will depend on two countries own priorities and profits stream and if they don't see any profits playing with Pakistan they can easily refuse the series without any penalty.

  • Ilyasturi on April 13, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    nothing as such will happen. Pakistan cricket seems to be finished in next 4 to 5 years, as India will not all to give them series with bigger teams. lets hope for the best.

  • anupkeni on April 13, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Test matches between India and Pakistan will most likely end in tame draws because both teams will struggle to pick up 20 wickets against each other unless the pitch is a square turner.

  • NomiJ on April 13, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Mr. Sethi is a wise man. And Pak cricket family should be happy to have him. Mr. Sethi should have also requested 3 to include Pak players in IPL format. Their inclusion is good for cricket.

  • HealthyCric on April 13, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Well its NOT a surprise of the century.

  • Puffin on April 13, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    I don't think the PCB had any other choice other than go along with the deal agreed by the big 3. This is the future direction of cricket, like it or not. The principle of "equality" sounds nice but is impossible in practice. They've made themselves dependent on India (and the other big 2) because nobody else has the pulling power to keep them afloat.

  • on April 12, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Guys wake up to the reality of the present world. This is 'professional' sports. That means everyone needs to earn enough money. All the other patronising nonsense comes last. Look at USA. Sports like American Football and Baseball have an almost 100% internal market and those who play these games are professional sportsmen. Like any profession, the more money you offer, the more opportunity you will have to attract the best people and see the best competition. One should not ask why this is happening to cricket but why it has taken so long? India has the largest middle class in the world and cricket is our religion. Now that multinationals have seen the opportunity, money will keep pouring in and it will transform the cricket landscape beyond recognition. Other countries cannot replicate the same, because they don't have the numbers. Simple. Cricket is finally being liberated from its national boundaries. it is about time. It is inevitable. Get on board or choose another game.

  • on April 12, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Is the game bigger or the monopoly?

  • stormy16 on April 12, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    There is something fundermentally wrong when a team has to beg and plead to get a game. Yes I understand that everyone is at the mercy of India but surely India cannot use that advantage like the rich kid at school. The money is important but more so is the sport and competition and if these two critical values are compromised (as they are now) the sport will suffer and eventually the money will be less.

  • ICCexpert.... on April 12, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Drop Misbah, hafeez, Maik, Kamran and Gul. Make Afrdi captain, and include players like, Harris Sohail, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan, Zafar Gohar and Kamran Ghulam. WC 2015 is for youngsters not for old guns.

  • Sheikasif on April 12, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Finally a Pakistani who used a bit of brain rather than emotion and arrogance. Sethi has rightly realized that the unnecessary rivalry with India will never aid Pakistan cricket. Pakistan fans should also realize this as they dont have the money to help pakistan cricket so support Sethi in his level headed decison. Pakistan cricket cannot grow with narrow minded self-serving people who make it their business to blame all their misdeeds on India, Australia and England. Well done Sethi. Really proud of you.

  • on April 12, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Well that was all on the cards. PCB stood firm but had to give in. Now his main focus should be to bring cricket back to Pakistan, otherwise their revenue generation will be way too dependent on other countries.

  • sherishahmir on April 12, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    prudent move from the PCB chairman specially when there is no other option and rest of full members have agreed so why Pak remain isolate and in the greatest interest of Pak cricket it is important. Play against india is probably more financially lucrative for both BCCI and PCB but more interesting and thrilling for fans of both cricket and cricket fans in general.

  • on April 12, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    There is something special about Nijam Sethi ...he is such a practical person and makes it even more special that he is a pakistani.

  • on April 12, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Good Pak has joined in too. No point staying isolated. May be there is something good with this proposal, the Big 3 one. Who knows. This move of Big 3 was not by BCCI but by an individual running the BCCI and who was joined by people at top from ECB and CA. But, that person is no more in scheme of things in BCCI. Gavasakar is heading BCCI (IPL) and Shivlal, another cricketer is at top in regular functions. Who knows things are working, may be it is Dravid or Kumble heading BCCI in next years? If that happens, then this Big 3 is the best thing to happen to cricket.

  • ramz30380 on April 12, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    @ Haroon Rasheed good point but the IPL model even to run needs some big money. The reason tht IPL is a big hit is tht the adminstrators ensure tht the players are paid well and paid on time!

    If they are not paid by the franchisees then though the franchisees are taken for a ride, the players are not and are duly compensated... SL, Bangladesh tried to replicate this model and failed bcoz the organisers cud not support the players when their dues werent paid.

    I am not saying Pak cant do it.... but they will find it very diff to run it in the present scenario...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 12, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    A pragmatic business decision by PCB. Credit to them for using their common sense.

  • on April 12, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    @Suleman Khan, well said. It would indeed be a better rivalry than the one sided Aus - Eng matches. But, for this to be a reality the security situation in Pakistan should improve and of course people should disassociate Politics from sports

  • on April 12, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    At last!

  • Rashen on April 12, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    Its nice to see that Asians do not clash... For all the Indian and Pakistan fans, I humbly request to not be offensive of each other .. on the day any team can win and been offensive against each other wont help.. besides ..India been the major country when it comes to financial stability , we should respect them .. -- Me a Sri Lankan born SL fan , would like to see peace among all of us --

  • on April 12, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    In current scenario this is best a chief can do. We already struggling too much for international cricket if this not happened definitely Pakistani cricket going to be crashed.

    I think to generate revenue Pakistani Cricketing management should think about PPL

  • on April 12, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    well done Mr Najam Sethi,keep it up

  • on April 12, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    Better die than bow down - a die hard cricketing fan since 20 years dies today - Cricket was a sport for the art and thrill with which I play and experience; and visualize it similarly.

    What's next? green fields only made with dollar bills only for a "communist" free market economic paramount of population hubs to rip off whether how good or bad you are?

  • Practical_person on April 12, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    Big 3 generate majority of the revenue for whatever reason and unless Pak finds a way to match them, they have to align to their wishes. I think it was public and media pressure that stopped from signing the contract in the first place and now it might hurt them if they don't get bilateral series. You should be a contributor if you want the revenues. Agreed Pakistan have many talented players but they don't generate revenue and ultimately, cricket like any other profession is driven by money. It is not United Nations and it shouldn't be as lack of cricket is not going to lead the world into poverty or destroy the environment. Most of the fans are emotional and don't see this, media exploited this and thats why PCB procrastinated.

    Secondly, as Khurram mentioned above, lack of cricket in Pakistan is due to 'law and order' situation and terrorism attacks which was perpetrated against SL players. Once that situation changes, no one would have problems touring Pakistas

  • on April 12, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudhry on (April 11, 2014, 16:08 GMT):

    I agree with you on one major point. Timing is too critical in successful negotiations. Can't be too early. Can't be too late either. Too early will betray eagerness at best or desperation at worst; and lose some power in the process. Too late, by definition is too late; it is tautological. By then, the other party / group really doesn't need you. They will get away by throwing some crumbs. Sorry for being pedantic; couldn't help. My profession creep-ed in.

    Emotional stance works in the politics of politics; but not in the politics of business negotiations. It is a rational process. What had been going on was pure and simple business negations. Cricket was an innocent bystander, just being used to buttress arguments.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 12, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    A lot of Pakistanis simply need to understand that their nation is NOT safe for cricket. It's sad but true. The country has many problems and the ICC is right in ensuring the safety of other nations' cricketers. Even if the Big 3 agree to play against Pakistan, it would only be in their nations or in the UAE. But since India has agreed never to play a bilateral international fixture in UAE, most likely Pakistan would tour India.

  • on April 12, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Control the law and order system in Pakistan first and then talk about cricket as no team in the world will visit Pak if this is how you treat visiting teams. Life first and then cricket. No one cares if Pak board gets bankrupt or they stop playing cricket what matters is security of the players. Try to provide that first and then talk about cricket.

  • John_Raj_Mohammad_Singh on April 12, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    Why do you have to play India? Can't all the fans who were so proud of their board to "take a stance" dig deep into their pockets and support you?

  • PROPHESIER on April 11, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    n this whole saga, Pakisthan did a bravado act. Pak fans may call it as it's their moral stance on the big-3 wicked proposals. But I call its an utter failure of dealing this issue. I wonder how could Pak and Srilanka not come up with plan B. They had kept blind faith in CSA. The CSA did a volteface in the last minute, which resulting in both PK and SL deeply humiliated and prostrate. I thought at least SL would come up with plan B or back-up plan in case if any one of one of the other 2 nations reneged on its promise of defying big-3. I suspected either CSA or SL would take U turn and in favor of proposals. Thought these guys are smart enough and would have had their backroom deals done with the Big-3. Some Pak fans are claiming History will remember them as the lone warriors for the cause and fought till the last minute, but i beg your pardon, they will be seen as laughing stock for falling in the line of Big-3 by throwing away all its moral stance to wind for monitory gains.

  • on April 11, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Challenging this new Big three nonsense is not about hating on India or Indian cricket, Many fair minded indians also oppose it. Infact most cricket fans around the world see this as unfair and a way for businessmen running ICC making more money. Many Indian legends have come out and spoke against it, same as Aussies,English former players. I think PCB initially took the stance because they knew it would eventually harm them.BUT back then they had the support of South Africa,SL and Bengladesh. Sadly though, over time Bengladesh and South Africa budged, due to arm twisting and both SL and PCB had no choice.I think they were relying on the other two to stand fast and beat the proposals at a vote.That was a realistic possibility,it just didnt happen. So its unfair for people to say OH WHATS USE NOW.It was based on sound reasoning, I guess they didnt anticipate other boards to give in that quickly. Fewer Pak-Aus,Pak-Ind,Pak-Eng series hurt cricket itself.

  • on April 11, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    would love a 80s style series between Pakistan and India. 5 test matches, 7 one days.. and cancel the t20s.

  • on April 11, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    Well done PCB for fighting the battle for principle for this long. Though Sethi did the right thing at this point in time, let us not forget that it was not Sethi who took the stand. The stand was taken by Zaka Ashraf. Had it been for Sethi, he would have agreed to the ICC revamp on day one.

  • northumbriannomad on April 11, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Sad, really, all the boards are being held to ransom by the BCCI, ECB and CA. One way or another, Pakistan is going to be bled dry anyway. The board has chosen to be bled dry more slowly. It's like getting to vote on whether you'd rather be shot or hanged.

    What will be left of cricket when the IPL bubble bursts and everyone (not just me) gets bored of watching people hit MASSIVE sixes with MASSIVE bats? (Which will take ten years, at the absolute maximum.)

    Answer, I suppose, is... people who love the game and love playing it. So maybe it will regenerate again from the grass roots. And maybe that won't be so bad.

  • Nadeem1976 on April 11, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    nice job PCB finally a decision which will save future of cricket in Pakistan.

  • on April 11, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Najam Sethi is known to overstate his case. No chance of Pakistan hosting India or anyone in the next few years. Has anyone been following the news?

  • on April 11, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    PAK and IND should play ashes style cricket every two years 5 tests 5 one days and a couple t20s. Keep the politics away from cricket and bring on Pakistan players at IPL as well. Don't understand all the politics is playing big role between these counties. L

  • manizee on April 11, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Mr Sethi has done nothing extraordinary. Anyone in his place would have toed the BCCI's line to get some crumbs to live another day. A good, creative administer would have pulled something special and exciting to get a bit more than a meagre 1.3%. But back to reality, a Pakistani reality. Mr. Sethi please attend to the weak infrastructure you say is unable to even sustain itself. Perhaps getting rid of the flop corporate tournaments from the first class structure and having a proper city-team competition, which means only one team from Karachi and other big cities. And then you can market to it's citizens and hopefully generate some much needed revenue.

  • on April 11, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    It is expected move if International cricket has to survive in a country riddled with safety for indigenous and visiting teams.

  • on April 11, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    want to c all of Pakistan vs India series in Pakistan not UAE or India

  • ramz30380 on April 11, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    This was on expected lines.... If every board is stating that they are benefitting because of this arrangement, then why didnt they sign it in the first place????!!!!

    Pakistan has to get their security tightened at first... if tht does not happen, they cant host anyone in their home turf! But playing India anywhere in the world will bring them good money....

    A full Ind vs Pak series - 5 tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20s is wht I want.... mouth watering..... Pak has always been a good bowling side and Ind a good batting side - it will be even stevens when they clash - hope it happens sooner than later....

  • cric1965 on April 11, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    want to see India Pakistan full series 3 tests, 5 one days 3 t20

  • Nadeemusman on April 11, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Well done Najam Sethi and PCB . Good decision it will benefit Pak cricket in the long run. Good that Pak was the last country to sign this deal. We cannot fight a lone battle. The whole cricket world surrendered but only Pak and SL kept on fighting. It is a good move by PCB and will benefit cricket.

  • on April 11, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    nothing new in it as expected. both SL and PCB didnt vote against it last time. and were expected to join in as big3 already got desired no of votes. both SL and PCB mismanged it a bit in the end. i dont think pcb got much now as big 3 simply dont have to offer much now.

    anyway, if pcb gets so signed agreement for some series with all boards then it will be good. return of cricket depends on law and order situation . it has nothing to do with this issue.

  • vj3478 on April 11, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Didnt the PCB read the proposals initially or were they rejected and now agreed on as their vote is VERY crucial? Every board claimed to benefit from the proposal so not sure what all the fuss was about the big 3 taking control

  • Aura123 on April 11, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Well done Pakistan for taking a stance for such a long time. Now you have no choice so we understand. History will remember you for taking a stand against in equality in cricket.

  • on April 11, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Look at the photograph. Najam Sethi is declaring some one out! Wonder who is the one he is declaring out? The ones who couldn't read the writing on the wall? Mr Sethi read it as:

    "...it's very important to play India because it generate major chunk of money. We have to run our cricket and we can't sit out being isolated..." by Najam Sethi.

    Am I happy about the Armageddon gradually and systematically swallowing everyone around? To feed the insatiable hunger? Certainly not! But helpless! We are all helpless, when future feeds are at stake! Sorry! Really sorry!

  • on April 11, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Is PCB in a situation to put condition now ?????? really a question

  • on April 11, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Most cricket fans said , cricket will die if proposals are passed. Almost every board makes profits from these proposals(as claimed by most administrators) . Cricket gets professional. Great work "BIG 3".

  • Stark62 on April 11, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    $310mil over 8 years?

    If cricket returns in Pak, then they could make the same amount within 2-3 years!!

  • on April 11, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Very sad for everyone apart from the 3

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  • on April 11, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Very sad for everyone apart from the 3

  • Stark62 on April 11, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    $310mil over 8 years?

    If cricket returns in Pak, then they could make the same amount within 2-3 years!!

  • on April 11, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Most cricket fans said , cricket will die if proposals are passed. Almost every board makes profits from these proposals(as claimed by most administrators) . Cricket gets professional. Great work "BIG 3".

  • on April 11, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Is PCB in a situation to put condition now ?????? really a question

  • on April 11, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Look at the photograph. Najam Sethi is declaring some one out! Wonder who is the one he is declaring out? The ones who couldn't read the writing on the wall? Mr Sethi read it as:

    "...it's very important to play India because it generate major chunk of money. We have to run our cricket and we can't sit out being isolated..." by Najam Sethi.

    Am I happy about the Armageddon gradually and systematically swallowing everyone around? To feed the insatiable hunger? Certainly not! But helpless! We are all helpless, when future feeds are at stake! Sorry! Really sorry!

  • Aura123 on April 11, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Well done Pakistan for taking a stance for such a long time. Now you have no choice so we understand. History will remember you for taking a stand against in equality in cricket.

  • vj3478 on April 11, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Didnt the PCB read the proposals initially or were they rejected and now agreed on as their vote is VERY crucial? Every board claimed to benefit from the proposal so not sure what all the fuss was about the big 3 taking control

  • on April 11, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    nothing new in it as expected. both SL and PCB didnt vote against it last time. and were expected to join in as big3 already got desired no of votes. both SL and PCB mismanged it a bit in the end. i dont think pcb got much now as big 3 simply dont have to offer much now.

    anyway, if pcb gets so signed agreement for some series with all boards then it will be good. return of cricket depends on law and order situation . it has nothing to do with this issue.

  • Nadeemusman on April 11, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Well done Najam Sethi and PCB . Good decision it will benefit Pak cricket in the long run. Good that Pak was the last country to sign this deal. We cannot fight a lone battle. The whole cricket world surrendered but only Pak and SL kept on fighting. It is a good move by PCB and will benefit cricket.

  • cric1965 on April 11, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    want to see India Pakistan full series 3 tests, 5 one days 3 t20