ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday rejected another ‘biased’ news item against the T10 League set to be played in Sharjah next weekend.
Rubbishing the report published in a local daily, the PCB in a release stated the facts relating to PCB’s keen involvement in the tournament.
“When Chairman PCB Najam Sethi made his first statement regarding the T10 League there was a valid reason for withholding support from the tournament,” it said describing chronologically how it all unfolded.
“At that time no one from the League had contacted PCB for its support. PCB had no idea of its format, scheduled dates, ownership or sponsors. Therefore the possibility of some conflict of interest with the Pakistan Super League (PSL) could not be ruled out,” said the statement.
“Later, after the sponsor of the league contacted the PCB and gave full details and disclosures, the PCB’s Board of Governors (BoG) determined that there was no conflict of interest with PSL,” said the PCB.
The national cricket body said originally, the date of the tournament was set in early February just before the PSL and this was not acceptable to the board. Then the organizers agreed to change their schedule and brought the tournament to mid December 2017 which was acceptable to the PCB, it said.
The cricket board said the T10 League organizers wanted the PCB to issue NOCs to Pakistan players free of cost like it’s done for other boards. But since no reciprocity was involved in their case, the PCB demanded a hefty fee in exchange and obtained $400,000.
“Originally, there was no communication from the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). Later, the ECB formally sought our support in exchange for their continuing support to PSL and PCB. The ECB also agreed to reduce the cost of their venues for PSL by 10 per cent, thereby reducing our cost by over $250,000/.
“They were seeking the same advertising sponsors as PSL. But PCB compelled them to contract only with those who were not tied to PSL so that our revenue base would not be depleted,” it added.
The cricket body said it had consulted with all PSL franchises. Two had reservations. These were dropped after they were explained the situation and satisfied that there was no conflict of interest with PCB, it said.
Originally, they had no plan for Anti Corruption security. We compelled them to pay PCB’s ACU for providing oversight along with the ICC’s ACU, it said.
Chairman PCB Najam Sethi said: “The interests of the PCB and Pakistan cricketers have been uppermost at all time. How can I ever agree to supporting ANYTHING that is against the interest of PSL that we have built up with such determination and hard work against all odds?”
PCB expressed hope that the Jang Media Group will stop its hurtful campaign against the PCB and deliver a neutral/unbiased perspective on the T10 League and PCB’s involvement in the tournament.
It is surprising that a media group that promotes AMAN KI ASHA with India, shows Indian films and promotes the Indian Premier League (which accommodates no Pakistani player) should object to the involvement of one Indian investor only in the T-10 League and tar a national Pakistani brand like PSL.