ICC annual conference 2014 June 26, 2014

PCB gets 'binding agreements' for India fixtures

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The PCB has said it now has "binding agreements" with the BCCI for Pakistan to play India in six series that have been inked into the Future Tours Programme between 2015 and 2023. The fixtures were confirmed at the ICC's annual conference in Melbourne this week.

"India has officially turned the MOUs signed earlier this year with regard to six rubbers between the two nations, four of these to be hosted by the PCB in the UAE or Pakistan with mutual consent, into binding agreements straightaway," PCB said.

The Pakistan board also revealed it had been granted the fourth largest share of ICC revenue - after India, England and Australia - over the next eight years following the restructuring of the revenue distribution model. According to the PCB, the ICC confirmed that its next president would be from Pakistan for a one-year term from June 2015.

"The PCB had organised itself and planned to get maximum advantage for Pakistan cricket from an extremely precarious position," the PCB chairman Najam Sethi said. "We have accomplished all our objectives. And I am positive that in the times to come Pakistan cricket shall greatly benefit from what PCB has been able to obtain for it today."

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  • POSTED BY zarasochozarasamjho on | June 30, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    How disorganised are India and Pakistan? They do not play each other for so many years and then play so many in a few years. This will reduce the rivalry and hurt both countries financially. Pakistan must concentrate on playing top cricketing nations such as South Africa and Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    struggle will india.If dhoni wasn't in the indian team,india would suffer

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 29, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    I'd like to give Pakistan and India carrots as a friendship gift please ind and pak have a good relation between each other after all we are all human beings yaar let's celebrate this with sweets laddoo

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 28, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    You can't have too much of a good thing, playing this often is going to ruin the "rivalry".

  • POSTED BY ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP04 on | June 27, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    Its a good news. Hope they are gonna play 3 or 4 test match series along odis and t20s. Its vey essential for India to play against pakistan and other top cricket nations SA and AUS to sustain interest among indian public. India vs Pak rivalry in cricket is the most intense one.Its sad that for the past few years BCCi has deprived indian public from enjoying this on field battle. Its high time matches started.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | June 27, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    i hope this doesnt happen. we should only play Pak if we absolutely have to, like in multi-nation tournaments & not otherwise. first let them sort out off-field matters which have devastating repercussions on neighboring countries (like 26/11) before giving them any carrots

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 27, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Its strange how india only beat pak in world cup matches, other than that pak has beaten them every other time.

  • POSTED BY YesSirYesSirThreebagsfull on | June 27, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    it will be whitewashed. 6-0 to India.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 27, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Would love to see Pak vs Ind series in UAE!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 27, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    goodnews. pak vs india series is no doubt the most intense and crowd puller series all over the world. its been many years both have not had any test series. though most of these will be 2 test series .

    about big 3, i think pak did join in at the end. so they have got no other option. so both SL and Pcb did well to get whatever they can out of it.

  • POSTED BY zarasochozarasamjho on | June 30, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    How disorganised are India and Pakistan? They do not play each other for so many years and then play so many in a few years. This will reduce the rivalry and hurt both countries financially. Pakistan must concentrate on playing top cricketing nations such as South Africa and Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    struggle will india.If dhoni wasn't in the indian team,india would suffer

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 29, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    I'd like to give Pakistan and India carrots as a friendship gift please ind and pak have a good relation between each other after all we are all human beings yaar let's celebrate this with sweets laddoo

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 28, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    You can't have too much of a good thing, playing this often is going to ruin the "rivalry".

  • POSTED BY ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP04 on | June 27, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    Its a good news. Hope they are gonna play 3 or 4 test match series along odis and t20s. Its vey essential for India to play against pakistan and other top cricket nations SA and AUS to sustain interest among indian public. India vs Pak rivalry in cricket is the most intense one.Its sad that for the past few years BCCi has deprived indian public from enjoying this on field battle. Its high time matches started.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | June 27, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    i hope this doesnt happen. we should only play Pak if we absolutely have to, like in multi-nation tournaments & not otherwise. first let them sort out off-field matters which have devastating repercussions on neighboring countries (like 26/11) before giving them any carrots

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 27, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Its strange how india only beat pak in world cup matches, other than that pak has beaten them every other time.

  • POSTED BY YesSirYesSirThreebagsfull on | June 27, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    it will be whitewashed. 6-0 to India.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 27, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Would love to see Pak vs Ind series in UAE!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 27, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    goodnews. pak vs india series is no doubt the most intense and crowd puller series all over the world. its been many years both have not had any test series. though most of these will be 2 test series .

    about big 3, i think pak did join in at the end. so they have got no other option. so both SL and Pcb did well to get whatever they can out of it.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | June 27, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    @ghouri_17thmcees: I think Pakistan won 20 more ODI's than India. Those 6 series will have about 30 matches or more so India has a good chance of getting ahead and they should. Also there will be other series such as Asia Cup, WC etc. So India has the chance

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Only good thing in this news is India vs Pakistan matches which can save the charm of game. Otherwise Cricket will also become like Hockey in sub continent and Soccer will dominate.

  • POSTED BY The-love on | June 27, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    @ghouri_17thmcees -> India don't seem to get lead in near future as they are in rebuilding mode even if they become world beaters overnight its nearly impossible to go ahead at least till next decade as India-Pakistan match is totally out of the world.If Pakistan brings any boy even from the streets who is not much talented but against India he will play like Inzi /Wasim (some examples are shoaib malik and Salman Butt).So India against Rest Of the world or Pakistan against Rest Of the world is different from India-Pakistan match.

  • POSTED BY The-love on | June 27, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    @getsetgopk -> You have made some valid points.Being an Indian I miss some Pakistani players.Ajmal,Afridi,Umar Akmal,Mohammed Irfan are some of them.But you should note 1 thing,India and Pakistan don't play each other more frequently coz of political reasons.Fans on both sides can pay anything to watch them play each other.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 27, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    Looking at the comments below, there are obviously mixed reactions to this news. If this was such a great idea then everybody should be so happy about it but it is clearly not the case. So what is wrong with this arrangement? First of all there is no guarantee that these proposed tours will happen. India can just as easily pick and choose to oblige any or all of these tours as they please and this obviously brings the question of equality. Secondly, India have used cricket as both a political stick and a carrot at the same time. Again, settling political scores and using the beautiful sport as a mere means to achieve that is a disgrace for cricket in my opinion. Lastly, India committing to these tours not of love for Pak cricket but rather to keep the rivalry afloat. Cricket as we all know has largely depended on rivalries especially in SC. India can't afford to have Pak cricket going bust, ask any honest Indian about their biggest regret about IPL and they'll say no Pak players in it.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | June 26, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    Did Mr.Sethi forgot to mention that all the above deals are subject to matter of change depending on BCCI.

  • POSTED BY amumtaz on | June 26, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    No room to compromise on Cricket with Big3. Those who support Big Three take over of cricket are living in a fools paradise. I do plan to take this matter up with international sports authorities as to how can three boards decide the fate of a sport world wide. Their monopoly needs to be challenged.

  • POSTED BY ghouri_17thmcees on | June 26, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    @asiacricket1234 LOL at u.........this is just ur dream and imagination that India would go ahead than Pakistan in their head to head matches, still pakistan have won almost 60% and india have won 40% between both teams. Still Pakistan has far better record against India. For ur memory Plz have a look at history and record and then say something

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    There is a good news for Pakistan and a bad news.

    The good news is all as mentioned above in the press release of the PCB.

    However, the bad news is that there was no mention (in the ICC's press release) of Indian binding agreement (Indians are also not confirming this news) with Pakistan for 6 rubbers till 2023 and that ICC has granted 4th Big status to Pakistan in its club.

  • POSTED BY TMuhammad on | June 26, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Any idea as what FICA is?

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    All these changes will be good for the big three and Pakistan as they are assured of India versus Pakistan series which generate a lot of interest and therefore moolah. South Africa will survive and even gain as their playing and infrastructure standards are high and countries like to play them to challenge themselves. West Indies, New Zealand and Sri Lanka are the ones that will be undeserved losers. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have cooked their own goose but deserve encouragement which will not be forthcoming. What we will see is what we saw just now in England. Sri Lanka's Tests were cut by one to give India a five match series! Yeah! Good for cricket, Srini! As you see it.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 26, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    looking forward to the matches. India vs Pakistan= best rivalry in sports

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Finally some good news for Pakistan Cricket... for once Sethi saheb you've done something right !!!

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | June 26, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Pakistan only get ahead of their number 6th place in the ranking when other team fails lol. Well Done to them anyway. 2 good news for them as the series against India gonna help them to sort out their financial trouble. It is good for India too as it will let India to set the record right. India at the moment is far better team than Pakistan and now they can win enough matches to go ahead in the overall record

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    great news for cricket lovers

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    When we say 6 tours, do they mean Test cricket or just limited format?

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | June 26, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    If it materializes then its really a good deal for Pakistan. In the new Test rankings Pakistan is ranked number three so it deserved the award of higher revenues secured by Najam Sethi.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Being a Pakistani am very disappionted as leave the international fixtures but not even " A Team Tours " are organised by PCB these days we see a lot of A teams playing which is very good as this is the best way to find New Talent but sadly PCB has failed to do so !!!!!

  • POSTED BY ThePacifist10 on | June 26, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Suddenly the new ICC doesn't seem so bad, does it? Despite having my own reservations before on both the reforms and the chairman, I think that Srini just might be clean. I mean, the fact that he's eagerly waiting for the verdict and openly going about his business with gusto assures me of his innocence, for now. The new ICC seems to also have a clear vision regarding A&A nations, as well as the new FTP over the next 8 years. This is brilliant. The fruits obtained by the PCB are proof of this new vision and system. The criticism towards the 'Big 3', particularly India, may be a bit absurd after all. Of course these are early days, but first impressions count. So far so good.

    Most of all, however, the last 6 months should teach everyone on and off the cricket pitch that change isn't always bad. Maybe a breath of fresh air was what CRICKET needed. Let's see.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    at last something good for pakistan

  • POSTED BY BloodBeat on | June 26, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Really great news!Looking Forward towards seeing these two great rivals compete for supremacy !

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    its good news for pak ... and thanks of icc good luck team pakistan ♥

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  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    its good news for pak ... and thanks of icc good luck team pakistan ♥

  • POSTED BY BloodBeat on | June 26, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Really great news!Looking Forward towards seeing these two great rivals compete for supremacy !

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    at last something good for pakistan

  • POSTED BY ThePacifist10 on | June 26, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Suddenly the new ICC doesn't seem so bad, does it? Despite having my own reservations before on both the reforms and the chairman, I think that Srini just might be clean. I mean, the fact that he's eagerly waiting for the verdict and openly going about his business with gusto assures me of his innocence, for now. The new ICC seems to also have a clear vision regarding A&A nations, as well as the new FTP over the next 8 years. This is brilliant. The fruits obtained by the PCB are proof of this new vision and system. The criticism towards the 'Big 3', particularly India, may be a bit absurd after all. Of course these are early days, but first impressions count. So far so good.

    Most of all, however, the last 6 months should teach everyone on and off the cricket pitch that change isn't always bad. Maybe a breath of fresh air was what CRICKET needed. Let's see.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Being a Pakistani am very disappionted as leave the international fixtures but not even " A Team Tours " are organised by PCB these days we see a lot of A teams playing which is very good as this is the best way to find New Talent but sadly PCB has failed to do so !!!!!

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | June 26, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    If it materializes then its really a good deal for Pakistan. In the new Test rankings Pakistan is ranked number three so it deserved the award of higher revenues secured by Najam Sethi.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    When we say 6 tours, do they mean Test cricket or just limited format?

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    great news for cricket lovers

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | June 26, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Pakistan only get ahead of their number 6th place in the ranking when other team fails lol. Well Done to them anyway. 2 good news for them as the series against India gonna help them to sort out their financial trouble. It is good for India too as it will let India to set the record right. India at the moment is far better team than Pakistan and now they can win enough matches to go ahead in the overall record

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Finally some good news for Pakistan Cricket... for once Sethi saheb you've done something right !!!