PCB chief says England offers to stage Pak matches if sense of insecurity prevails

October 21st, 2008 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore , Oct 21 (ANI): PCB chairman Ijaz Butt has said that England has offered to stage some of Pakistan s international matches if foreign teams continue to be anxious about the security situation there.

Butt said the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) could find slots next summer to host Pakistan s matches against any team.

During the current year, Pakistan was due to host an Australia test tour and the Champions Trophy this year but both were cancelled over security fears expressed by foreign cricketers, particularly the Aussies and the English.

I had some positive discussions with Giles Clarke during the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Dubai last week. And he said when we can play our matches offshore why not in England ? the Daily Times quoted Butt as saying at his first press conference after becoming the PCB chief.

They are offering us good terms and conditions. They are willing to share 50 percent of revenues from ticket sales and media sales. I feel the large Asian community in the UK will welcome Pakistan s matches, Butt added.

He further said that the PCB would give serious consideration to the ECB proposal as the national team needed to play more international cricket to generate revenues for the board. Butt also said that the ECB had proposed Pakistan play a series of three tests, five ODIs and Twenty/20 games against them in 2010 and 2011 in England .

These matches are outside the future tour programme and not on a reciprocal basis and we will negotiate them, he said and added that no formal agreement had been signed with the Dubai sports city. It was reported in September that Pakistan signed a three-year, nine-million-dollar agreement to play ODIs and Twenty/20 matches in Dubai from next year.

I dont know what my predecessors have been saying in the media but all this is a verbal agreement. I have held fresh talks with the Dubai sports city whose stadiums would be inaugurated soon, Butt said and added We are interested in this deal but we have to look at the amount. India is also interested in playing there. They feel if both of us play at the same time the amount paid to us should be doubled. (ANI)

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