The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are on a mission to justify their decision to ask the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for 50 per cent of the series revenue when the national team tours the country in April-May this year.
Bangladesh are scheduled to host Pakistan for two Tests, three ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International between April 10 and May 7.
However, the PCB have announced that the national team will not tour Bangladesh unless they receive 50 per cent of the series revenue and have the Bangladesh Under-19, women’s or A team tour Pakistan.
“Pakistan had toured Bangladesh in 2011, and in accordance with the established principals of reciprocity, it is Bangladesh’s turn to tour Pakistan – which despite a written commitment in 2012, BCB did not honour,” the PCB said in a press release. “So while in principal this tour belongs to Pakistan, in order to accommodate BCB, PCB had shown willingness to visit Bangladesh for two Tests, three ODIs and a T20I in April-May this year.
“And since this is a Pakistan tour to be hosted by Bangladesh, hence, the demand for a share in income.
“It also needs to be acknowledged that touring is an expensive proposition, which all Boards finance from profits accruing from home tours. Since this is technically Pakistan’s home tour, [the] PCB is being exceptionally fair in asking Bangladesh to pay a certain percentage to offset its costs.”