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PCB wants Sri Lanka to share expenses for hosting Test series in UAE

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  1. pat

    pat Banned

    Nov 25, 2018
    Lankans deserve this and more!


    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is not willing to bear the expenses of hosting another home series in the United Arab Emirates and wants Sri Lanka Cricket to share the financial burden if it decides not to tour Pakistan for the two-Test rubber in December.

    After successfully hosting Sri Lanka for a limited-overs tour in Karachi and Lahore in September-October, the PCB has been pushing the Sri Lankans to send their team for the two ICC World Test Championship matches as well in December.

    “PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani, and CEO, Wasim Khan who are in Dubai for the ICC board meetings have apparently conveyed to Sri Lankan officials that if they (SL) insist on playing the Test series in UAE, they should bear the expenses,” a reliable source said.

    “The PCB has decided to take a stance that even after convincing the ICC and Sri Lankan board officials that they can properly manage all security arrangements in Pakistan, if the Sri Lankan board still insists on having the series in UAE it will have to pay or share the expenses of hosting the series,” the source said.

    Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief Shammi Silva, who was in Pakistan for the recent white ball series, had said after returning home that the visiting players and officials were confined to their team hotel due to security arrangements and couldn’t roam around freely.

    “Three days stuck in your hotel even I got fed-up,” he told media.

    He also made it clear that the Sri Lankan board would consult its players and team officials on whether they would be willing to tour Pakistan for the Test series before reaching a final decision.

    He noted that a team has to stay for a longer duration to play a Test series.

    Pakistan has not hosted a home Test series since March 2009 when militants had attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, leaving at least six Pakistani policemen dead and others wounded. Pakistan has since hosted all its Test series in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah but Wasim Khan recently said in a television interview that the board now felt it was just not cost-effective to host matches away from home.

    The new leadership in the PCB, fully supported by Prime Minister Imran Khan, now feels that time has come to take a strong stance on teams refusing to play in Pakistan and this new policy could be tested for the Test series against Sri Lanka.

    “This is necessary since Pakistan is also due to host Bangladesh for a Test series in January,” the source said.

    The PCB has already said it will be hosting the entire fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League in Pakistan and the tournament will not be split between UAE and Pakistan.
  2. Del

    Del Fantasy Draft Wins: 1

    Dec 21, 2016
    To be honest, I cant blame SL team, who was the victim of 2009 incident. Its certainly is tough situation for them, but question is, will PCB do the same when it comes to play again AUS, ENG and NZ? If answer is yes, than by all means, however, if answer no, then dont bully SL. Let them gain some confidence and lets build credibility first by playing more limited over series and then eventually they will agree to play Test.

    Also, apart from SL try to have arrange other teams come and play limited over series i.e. BD, WI, ZIM & maybe IRE.
  3. pat

    pat Banned

    Nov 25, 2018
    Agree, If the this are the rules of engagement with PCB for all the boards, more power to PCB, if they can make it work. If it is just against weaker boards, then its a D$%K move and will backfire badly. Screwing your only ally in ICC will not be a good in the long run.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2019

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