Pakistan Cricket Board Misses Out On $1.5M After Tour Of South Africa Cancelation
The legal wrangles of the Pakistan Cricket Board "has led to the cancellation of the short limited over series in South Africa this month," which could have earned the PCB at least $1.5M, according to the PTI. An official on the Pakistan board said that "both countries had discussed Pakistan going to South Africa directly from the UAE this month to play three one-dayers and a couple of T20 matches." The official said, "The South Africans were also keen on the short tour because of the fact that India has shortened its tour this December." The South African board had offered the PCB $1.5M to host them but PCB Chair Najam Sethi said that "he could not discuss the matter as he was suspended" (PTI, 11/4). The PTI also reported Sethi said that "cricket in the country is undergoing a grave crisis and the board currently is like a headless body." Sethi: "As things stand because of the legal issues we don't have a national selection committee, the bowling coach of our national team is stranded in the UAE without a contract and 89 employees of the board stand legally terminated from November 1 including some very important decision makers in the board." Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan also "expressed concern over the state of affairs in Pakistan cricket and wondered why, like other countries, elections could not be held democratically to elect the chairman of the board" (PTI, 11/4).