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PCB criticised for reported payment of 1mn dollar for Abu Dhabi ODI

Written by: Staff
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Lahore, Apr 5 (UNI) The agreement by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to pay a huge sum of money to the organisers of two ODIs between the two countries has been severely criticised by the local media here.

The two boards reportedly agreed to pay Abu Dhabi Cricket Council (ADCC) one million dollars for the two one-day internationals to be played on April 18 and 19.

Earnings from the first game have been dedicated for the October 8 earthquake victims and the two boards would share the revenues from the second match.

The media here questioned how the two boards would recover the amount from the gate earnings of the 10,000 capacity stadium, where no ODI has been held till now.

They also posed the question why should the two boards pay such a huge amount to ADCC under any head when by just agreeing to play at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium is a big enough favour done by them to the organisers? In the past, cricket boards and former and current players from the subcontinent were given benefit purses and appearnace fees during the Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS) to lure them in Sharjah.

In 2002, when Pakistan was forced to play its home series against Australia and the West Indies at neutral venues, the CBFS in fact allowed use of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium free of cost for the Tests and the ODIs.

The two boards have also apparently agreed to share all expenses incurred on the two matches from their earnings, The News said.

The newspaper also reported that the current PCB Director Cricket Operations, Saleem Altaf, has also worked as general manager of the stadium which was said to be so short of funds at one time that even salaries of the staffers were not paid for months.

Meanwhile, an Indian company has won the bid for advertising rights inside the stadium for 3.61 million dollars beating Abu Dhabi Cricket Club, The Dawn said.

The tender for TV rights for the two matches will be opened in Delhi tomorrow.

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