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Shaharyar Khan, chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told on Monday that he will appeal the International Cricket Council (ICC) to establish a special fund to ‘develop and promote’ cricket in the country.
He moreover continued by saying that the fund will furthermore be employed to recompense for the heavy income losses the board has to tolerate because of arranging matches in the UAE, far from home.
Shaharyar, who is planned to represent Pakistan at the annual ICC meetings from June 27 in Edinburgh, was telling in an interview “We want to use this special fund to develop and promote cricket in Pakistan,”
He further added before his departure for London that “We will request the International Cricket Council and member countries to put aside a small percentage of its income from ICC events for this special fund for Pakistan cricket,”
Pakistan lost the confidence of international teams back in 2009 when the Sri Lankan team bus was assaulted by armed militants in Lahore and Shaharyar anticipated that they have bore losses in millions of dollars because of the deficiency of international cricket in the country.
Shaharyar continued by saying that “When we play a series in UAE the costs are high and generation of revenues not good enough for us. As a result, we are losing revenues annually and that eats into our funds set aside for development purposes and for our affiliated regional associations,”
The octogenarian further added financial restraints prohibited them to arrange bilateral series for U-19 and A teams which influenced the growth of players.
The PCB chief confessed that until the security condition is not totally positive, calling any team to visit Pakistan will be jeopardy.
He stated that “The security situation throughout the world is not stable but things are improving in Pakistan. But it is very difficult to say for certainty when we can host international teams at home. We don’t want to take decisions in haste and regret it later,”