Pak is over-obsessed with CT: Mani

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Lahore, Sep 10 (UNI) Coming down on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for insisting on hosting the Champions Trophy, former ICC president Ehsan Mani today said the PCB should allow the prestigious tournament to be shifted to another venue.

''Pakistan need to be more smart in the existing circumstances and not insist on hosting the tournament. It should have and can still allow it to be shifted to some other venue instead of facing financial losses,'' Mani told 'Geo News'.

''The PCB should have taken the initiative and asked the ICC to shift the event to some other venue last month and made some financial gains instead of finding itself in a no-win situation,'' he added.

Stating that the PCB could suffer losses between 5 to 10 million dollars, Mani said if the Champions Trophy had been shifted last month, the International Cricket Council (ICC) would have earned around 50 million dollars and every participating nation would have received their share of 3.5 million dollars.

But he hastened to add that the situation is not beyond repair and Pakistan could still make good their losses.

''They can easily demand that they be allocated a future CT as compensation and also get paid their share of USD 3.75 million,'' Mani said.

The 63-year-old from Rawalpindi felt that the Australians are responsible for creating the notion that Pakistan is an unsafe place to visit and advised the PCB to discontinue cricketing ties with the world champions.

''I think they are the real culprits in convincing other teams not to tour Pakistan for security reasons. Pakistan should tell them clearly you come first or we will not tour your country,'' he stated.

''Australia has not toured Pakistan since 1998 and in this period they have been to India several times where also there have been bomb blasts,'' he said.

The Champions Trophy, which was originally scheduled to be held in Pakistan next month has postponed to late next year following security concerns raised by Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa. The ICC executive committee is meeting in Dubai for a final decision on the fate of the tournament.


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