BCB wants PCB to payback

January 25, 2015

The Bangladesh Cricket Board wants Pakistan to payback for its unscheduled visit in 2008 after the Pakistan Cricket Board put some conditions for a planned visit in April this year.
It was that the PCB wanted fifty per cent share of the revenue generated in the series and a written commitment of Bangladesh Under-19 team’s tour to their trouble torn country.
When contacted the BCB did not deny the report but said that it has sent a letter on Sunday asking the PCB to payback for five-match one-day international series in 2008.
The series was arranged at a short notice following Australia’s decision to pull out of their scheduled tour of Pakistan for security reasons.
Pakistan in return was supposed to play ODIs in Bangladesh or pay Bangladesh certain appearance money for their visit, but they did neither.
A return visit for Pakistan was planned in March 2009 but Bangladesh had to postpone it in wake of a deadly mutiny at its paramilitary headquarters.
The BCB were surprised to receive such a response from Pakistan when it was expecting to host the country in April.
New cricket operation chief of BCB, Naimur Rahman, observed that the condition put by the PCB over Pakistan’s possible tour of Bangladesh are not realistic.
‘I feel that you cannot go on a tour by giving conditions. It has to be done with mutual co-operation,’ he said.
‘I never heard a country asking for a share of the tour revenue from their hosts. It is not realistic.’
‘BCB may or may not give them concession. Or there might be something down the middle. But I am hopeful that the Pakistan tour will take place,’ he said.
BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that he will discuss the issue with his Pakistan counterpart on the sideline of an ICC meeting in Dubai today.
‘Nothing has been settled so far in this regard, we will talk with PCB officials about the issue,’ he told New Age from Dubai.
The PCB has already informed the BCB that they are sticking to their demands.
Bangladesh, according to the present FTP, are supposed to host Pakistan for two Tests, three ODIs and a T20 between April 10 and May 7. However, the PCB is yet to hand the BCB an assurance on the tour.
The FTP is no more a central agreement between the ICC and its members.
Now there are bilateral agreements between member nations and boards can decide individually whether playing each other is commercially viable or not.

-With New Age input

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