A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Ijaz Butt tells PCB to demand payment from BCCI over cancellation of 2009 series

Butt stated that India should pay for pulling out of the 2009 series against Pakistan at the last minute

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt has declared that Pakistan must seek to gain some sort of compensation from the the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the cancellation of the 2009 series between the two arch-rivals.

However, Butt also noted that it was a good sign to see a series agreement being made official by the PCB and BCCI, and he hopes this will strengthen bilateral ties between the two Asian cricketing giants.

The Daily Times, quoted Butt as saying: “It is a good thing that finally the BCCI has invited Pakistan to play a short series this year in India. But my concern is, the PCB needs to gain something more out of the series than the resumption of ties.”

The PCB have already accepted the invitation to play three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals against India.

The agreement marks the first bilateral series to take place between the two arch-rivals, after India cut all ties with Pakistan following the devastating Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.

A spokesman for the PCB stated that Pakistan would not be discussing the amount of revenue it would gain from this series, as improving bilateral ties further are the top priority.

Butt however, mentioned that he had no idea on what conditions Pakistan had agreed to tour India, but noted that the invitation was a sign of good faith.

“Zaka (Ashraf) has his own vision and policies but my belief is that we need to have bilateral ties with India on equal basis. They need to tour Pakistan and play a couple of matches,” Butt said.

Butt’s tenure as chief of the PCB was riddled with controversies ranging from the 2010 match-fixing scandal in England, where Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir were given various prison sentences and banned for five years each by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to the attacks on the Sri Lanka squad near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in 2009.

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