Pakistan in India 2012-13 July 18, 2012

Not sought share of revenue from India series - PCB

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Pakistan board has said that it has not sought a share of the revenue from the series in India later this year. Earlier this week, the two countries had agreed to a short limited-overs series in December, ending a five-year gap in bilateral relations.

"Pakistan's first priority was to revive ties with India and PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf was focussed on that. We wanted to take a start and for that we were negotiating since October last year," Nadeem Sarwar, a PCB spokesman, said. "Such reports about the proposal of revenue sharing for India-Pakistan series have no relevance and do not express the views of the PCB. The revenue sharing thing never came under discussion."

The last bilateral series between the two was in late 2007, when Pakistan toured India. So, it is Pakistan's turn to host a bilateral series between the two. But there has been no international cricket in the country between Full Member nations in Pakistan since the March 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus, and it is understood that India are not keen to play at a neutral venue, as has been the case with all Pakistan's 'home' series since the attack. Subsequently, Ashraf had said earlier that India had the prerogative to decide on the dates and host the series, but the PCB would want the BCCI to share revenue because the PCB has apparently not yet recovered from the financial loss suffered when India pulled out of their planned tour in 2009.

Also, in June, a deficit of 70 crore Pakistani rupees (US$7.5 million approx) was confirmed at the board's governing council meet, and it was understood then that the PCB was looking at the India series, along with their proposed Twenty20 league, as means to overcome the shortfall.