PCB considering plans to tour England/New Test ‘home’

October 22, 2008 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

The Pakistan Cricket Board have announced that they are considering an offer form the ECB to tour England in 2010 and 2011. PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt revealed that ECB chairman, Giles Clarke has offered them a tour which will include 3 tests, 5 ODIs and twenty20 games. The matches are however outside the ICC’s Future touring programme and so further discussions will take place.

“Those matches are outside FTP, so we will hold more negotiations with the ECB.” – PCB chairman Ejaz Butt.

Ejaz Butt also announced that the PCB are considering an offer from the ECB to play their ‘home’ test matches in England. With the ongoing security concerns in Pakistan, teams are reluctant to tour Pakistan. Austrlia recently cancelled a tour to Pakistan because of security concerns, this is something the PCB want to stop because it limits their test playing opportunities and they miss out on the finance they would have secured.

“I had some positive discussions with Giles Clarke during the ICC meeting last week. And he said when we play our matches offshore, why not in England. They are offering us good terms and conditions. They are willing to share 50% of revenues. He (Giles Clarke) feels the large Asian community in the UK will welcome matches, particularly in Leeds and Manchester”.
– PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt

They have already agreed a deal to play all ‘home’ ODI matches at the new dubai sports city. The deal looks likely to happen and would be a huge boost for Pakistan who are currently short of matches in the Test areana, and as a result are sliding down the rankings.


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