Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ramiz Raja says the PCB can “fall down” if India so desires as 90 per cent of ICC funding comes from that country, which effectively means the game is run by “India’s business houses”. He is going.
Appearing before the Senate Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Affairs in Islamabad on Thursday, Ramiz said it was time for the PCB to reduce its reliance on funding from the ICC and start tapping the local market.
“The ICC is a political body divided between the Asian and Western bloc and 90 per cent of its revenue is generated from India. The PCB chief said that it is appalling, 50 per cent of the PCB’s budget comes from ICC funding.
“In a way India’s business houses are running Pakistan cricket and if tomorrow the Indian PM decides that he will not allow any funding to Pakistan, then this cricket board may collapse,” he said, but did not go into specifics. not explained in detail.
Rameez said that the ICC has now become an event management company and the PCB will have to raise its voice if it does not want to cancel the series assured by New Zealand. England on the basis of security.
“What New Zealand did was unacceptable because till now they have not shared any information with us as to why they skipped the series in Pakistan. But they are now trying to reschedule the series.”
Ramiz indicated that there could be some good news with regards to the postponed New Zealand series in a week’s time.
He indicated that the New Zealand Cricket Board is working on a new schedule for the Pakistan tour.
Senior Senator Raza Rabbani suggested that Pakistan should no longer play against New Zealand and ruled out any series, but Ramiz said this would not be possible as the country is part of a larger international cricket community.
“The good thing is they’re working on something that means they want to improve things with us.”
The New Zealand cricket team arrived in Pakistan on September 11 for the first time in 18 years to play three ODIs and five Twenty20 Internationals, but on September 19 without playing any matches, their government and security agencies cited security concerns.
Ramiz also said in a candid briefing to the senators that he would reveal his plans for Pakistan cricket and the board in a week or 10 days’ time.
“It is easy for me that if the national team does not perform well and wins the match, it means everyone in the board, from the chaiwala to the top official, has failed in their duties,” he said.