PCB looking to make Sri Lanka their new ‘home’


KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board is weighing thoughts of shifting their upcoming home series against West Indies from UAE to Sri Lanka in September-October.

The reason behind this consideration is the rising cost of holding home matches in the UAE. The Emirates Cricket Board is asking for too much for venues and accommodation, which is cutting down the profit margin of the board.

As compared to hosting a series in UAE, Sri Lanka is a much cost efficient option for the PCB as the accommodation as well as the venues are cheap.

Pakistan is playing their home series in the UAE since Sri Lankan team was attacked in Lahore in 2009, but, the hiking cost in the UAE is declining board’s profit. The PCB is expected to write a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket to discuss further on the issue.

“We’re not bound to hold our Future Tours Programme (FTP) series in the UAE, so Sri Lanka and Bangladesh can be considered as alternate options for our home series as playing there is affordable in comparison,” a senior PCB official told The Express Tribune.

The senior official further added, “All the broadcasting rights have already been sold, so an additional way to earn money is to cut down on expenses, which is where Sri Lanka comes into the equation.”

According to the PCB official, the ticket sale is just a small chunk of revenue, shifting series to Sri Lanka will reduce the ticket sale, but, the cost saved in Sri Lanka will easily make up to the loss in tickets sale.

The Pakistan Cricket board had to pay $3.5 million to conduct the first season of the PSL successfully and also had to agree on all demands of Emirates Cricket Board to accommodate the PSL alongside the Masters Champions League (MCL).

To add fuel to the fire, the ECB is asking for well over $3.5 million to hold the second edition of the PSL that is scheduled in February 2017.

PCB’s worries are expected to increase as the MCL organizers are planning to introduce a revamped league in 2017 after their first season of the league was overshadowed by the PSL.

“The MCL organisers are creating a new drama after their last venture that bombed, and are contemplating forming another league in which the teams will be named after the participating countries,” said the unnamed official. “Why is all this being done around PSL? The International Cricket Council should look into the matter; we’ve already written a letter to them in this regard.”

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