Indian government may trigger collapse of Pakistan Cricket Board: Ramiz Raja
Conceding that it was Indian money that kept the Pakistan Cricket Board afloat, and PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said India’s financial weight in the global game was the reason why no other member country of the ICC could not oppose them.
In this context, Raja told a Senate standing committee that the Indian government can trigger a PCB collapse if it wishes.
“The PCB receives 50 percent of its funding from the ICC. The ICC organizes tournaments and the income generated from these is distributed among its boards of directors, ”Raja told the panel.
“Today, 90% of CCI’s funding comes from the Indian market. In other words, Indian business houses run Pakistani cricket. If tomorrow the Indian Prime Minister decides that he will not fund Pakistani cricket, it is possible that the PCB will collapse.
The PCB has been left high and dry lately with New Zealand and England retreating from touring the country. The Kiwis, in fact, had arrived in Pakistan but decided to return home literally minutes before the first One-Day International, citing unspecified “security threats”.
Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid had alleged a conspiracy in this regard, claiming that the emails threatening the New Zealand team came from accounts based in India.
This after virtually no international cricket taking place in Pakistan for over a decade after a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team visiting Lahore. Moreover, there has been no bilateral streak for a decade and a half against India, the biggest draw card for a host country – and even more so for Pakistan – due to the frigid relations between the two countries.
PCB has long complained of being isolated at the ICC, which no other country has supported despite the country having made several tours in the past year and a half during the global pandemic. In fact, England’s tour of Pakistan was seen as a goodwill gesture back to last year’s UK tour, in which players had to stay in a strict bio-bubble. as the coronavirus raged in this country.
India, England and Australia are unofficially dubbed the “big three” within the ICC, because no major decision – financial or cricket – can be implemented without their agreement. Many Pakistanis see the country’s isolation in the world body due to the fact that India is showing bodybuilding.
“Australia will not resist them (India). No country will resist them. You saw what happened – they (New Zealand) packed their bags and left in two minutes. It’s because they don’t have their own interest in playing in Pakistan, because our cricket economy is not that strong, ”Raja told the Senate Standing Committee.