PCB looking forward to Indian tour

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Lahore, Apr 24 (UNI) Disappointed after Australia postponed their tour last month, the PCB is eagerly looking forward to India's visit later this year.

''We are now looking at India's tour to make some good profits, say around 1.5 to two billion rupees. Because while we are organising the Asia Cup and ICC Champions Trophy this year, we will get fixed incomes from them,'' a senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said.

The television rights of Pakistan cricket are due to be sold afresh by August this year before the start of the next international season and the official admitted the postponement of the Australia's tour and security concerns would hurt the bidding process.

''We are thinking about keeping a reserve price of up to USD 130 million for the four-year television rights and we also want to market domestic cricket. But obviously, the security issues which are raised regularly by some teams will be a test for us when the bidding process begins,'' he said.

Pakistan is also due to host New Zealand for a three-match one-day series before the Champions Trophy and is also planning to invite Sri Lanka.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC), however, will review the security before allowing their team to visit.


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