PCB: Money no issue
Karachi - Pakistan cricket chiefs on Wednesday dismissed reports they had sought a share of revenues from their planned tour of India later this year -- the arch-rivals' first series in five years.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesperson Nadeem Sarwar said the first priority was to revive cricket with India and money had not been a consideration.
India announced on Monday they will host Pakistan for a short series of three one-day internationals and two Twenty20s in December-January, ending a five-year deadlock sparked by the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.
"Pakistan's first priority was to revive ties with India and PCB chairperson Zaka Ashraf was focused on that. We wanted to take a start and for that we were negotiating since October last year," said Sarwar.
Tour revenues normally go to the host nation, but reports in Indian media suggested Pakistan wanted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to split the money.
Television rights alone for an India-Pakistan series are estimated to be worth $25 million but the figure could be much higher given India's vast TV audiences.
"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," Sarwar said.
In talks about reviving the matches last year, the then-PCB chairperson Ijaz Butt demanded a 50-50 share of revenue, which India refused.
The BCCI said on Tuesday they were hopeful of getting the necessary clearance for the series from New Delhi.
Although India and Pakistan have met in events like the World Cup and Asia Cup, their last bilateral series was in 2007, when the Pakistani team visited India.
Cricketing ties between the arch-rivals were suspended after the Mumbai attacks, blamed on Pakistan-based militant group.