Pakistan and India last played each other in the AsiaCup. -Photo by AP

LAHORE: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is insisting on playing all the matches of the proposed Indo-Pak series on its own soil while the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is keen to host at least one T20 and a One-day International as negotiations between the two boards continue, well-informed sources told Dawn.

According to the Future Tours Programme (FTP), it is India’s turn to tour Pakistan because their 2009 visit here could not materialise due to strained relations between the two nations following the Mumbai attacks in November 2008.

As for the proposed Indo-Pak series, sources disclosed that the BCCI has already allotted the matches to its affiliated states and is not willing to allow PCB to host even a single match in Pakistan.

In return, however, the BCCI is offering handsome financial packages one of which include that all the media right income will be awarded to the PCB which is desperately looking to improve its financial position.

In a recent interview with Dawn, PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf had said that the financial position of the Board could get a tremendous boost if India and other countries started touring Pakistan.

But the BCCI’s firm stand over not touring Pakistan for even one T20 and one ODI may create difficulties for the PCB who will find it hard to convince fans at home about the odd terms and conditions of the series.

That said, it will also not be easy for the PCB to turn down the lucrative financial package of the BCCI.

Sources said though the BCCI was not too keen to resume the bilateral series, it recently changed its stance after a strict reminder from their prime minister following President Asif Zardari’s visit to Delhi early last month.

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Comments (46)

Wasi
June 4, 2012 9:16 pm
Let's goto india. Beat them in all formats. A whitewash. That will prompt them to visit :)
Baba Sidni
June 5, 2012 1:47 am
Hasn't learnt enough. Pakistan need more $$$s. Is someone willing to pay?
Haroon
June 5, 2012 7:05 am
It doesn’t mean that this two countries are against each other but think about the crowed/media who really loves to watch this to cricket teams to clash between each other being an Afghani I must say I love India because they are our best neighbor so far but if you go to Pakistan and politics so awful and really against Afghanistan but come to the main point which Pakistan will never host any match in their land because of security getting dangerous day by day how even if Afghanistan become test nation team will not tour Pakistan because of security But right now I want indo-Pak Cricket Clash ASAP……
parveez
June 2, 2012 9:12 am
Pakistan will play in India, they need cricket, and Pakistan need the money. Why do we have to play India at their terms, and not at the ICC. As always money will be the winner. Pride goes down the gutter. Good luck
Mushtaq Khan
June 2, 2012 9:27 am
Dear no need to beg India, we Pakistani are not dieing to have series with India. Just let them goooooooooooo......... Arrange tournment with UAE, Afganistan, Canda, WS, Zimbabwe etc.
shoaib
June 2, 2012 10:05 am
As it is pakistan as a nation is a failed state.....so how does it matter ,where you get the money from??? Beggers are not choosers.........
anil
June 2, 2012 10:11 am
Does pride really matter for you in such a mess. Smartness lies in taking smart action in bad times.
Ehsan
June 2, 2012 10:41 am
Lets not fool ourselves. Beggars can't be choosers.
ahsan
June 2, 2012 11:17 am
We are not dying to watch cricket. with the way our team is performing its better if we play at home put some more effort in the domestic circuit and the fans want the pakistani cricket players to perform so let them perform home where there good and not let us down by playing outside!!!
Syed Ahsan
June 2, 2012 11:22 am
We the fans are not dying to watch Pakistan get on there knees. It will be better if we stay home improve our domestic circuit and the fans only want to see there favourite cricket stars perform so let them perform at home where they can probably perform and not let us down by underperforming outside and getting humiliated by BCB and BCCI!!
Akbar
June 2, 2012 12:12 pm
Touring Pakistan is at the cost of lives of players. Another proof of living in a well!!! Even if BCCI says ok, players will not come. End of the story.
Arif
June 2, 2012 12:13 pm
Very strange for a Pakistani talking about "pride"! what are we proud of by the way! our soil is safe for corrupt leaders only Ordinary Pakistanis don't feel safe to live in this country and we insist for foreign teams to tour! classic
Kami
June 2, 2012 12:17 pm
PCB, stop begging and fade away gracefully, if you cant think of anything better. You are embarrassing the whole country.
Andy
June 2, 2012 12:32 pm
Not sure if it's safe to play in Pakistan yet, but the good news is that atleast there are some talks of resuming cricketing ties, so all cricket fans should be happy.
Dr. Sami
June 2, 2012 12:49 pm
i remember when team south africa was allowed to play international cricket in 1991 after a suspension period of 19 years and it really performed great even having not played cricket at international level for years... i was very young then to understand how they could do that... then i read an interview of great Imran Khan where he mentions those nations who have good domestic setup will always perform good at international level... atleast Pakistan is not suspended from playing outside home but instead of looking or competing with india we should look at our domestic setup...it is obvious once we have quality cricketers, a quality team, other countries will definitly tour Pak....
Aslam
June 2, 2012 12:52 pm
You are 100% right Anil, but the thing is if people in Pakistan had been making smart decisions then they wouldn't be in this mess to begin with.
Rohan
June 2, 2012 12:53 pm
I really don't understand all the negativity in the comments here.. It is impossible to tour pakistan because of the security situation! I am indian and i would Object at the BCCI even considering sending our Beloved Boys to the Terrorist controlled state that Housed Osama Bin laden!! and sentenced the doctor who helped find him to life in prison!! ... BCCI knows very well that pakis want india to tour so they can Kill them! literally!!.. WE all want pakistan vs India Matches!! but it has to be on Indian Soil.. After that Maybe in the UAE they can have home series,... But never in Pakistan... Not in our lifetime...
Karan
June 2, 2012 1:58 pm
You guys are begging the Indians and the BCCI. Ha ha.....
Aftab
June 2, 2012 2:06 pm
We are a esteemed nation, so PCB should talk with BCCI on equal terms.
zee
June 2, 2012 2:21 pm
PCB should stop acting like beggers!!
shriyansh
June 2, 2012 4:32 pm
Esteemed nation??????
ISHTIAQ
June 2, 2012 4:36 pm
Wishful thinking! Other nations don't think so. Live in the real world not in the make-believe one.
Shah Deeldar
June 2, 2012 4:37 pm
Empty pride has no value. Play or perish! Indians did not create Pakistan's problems.
syed
June 2, 2012 5:05 pm
It seems that PCB strategy is lacking, bad planning why they have not been able to come up with good business plan all this time. They have given bad image to Pakistan due to their incompetence. Think, plan and act, stop begging for every thing.
Raza
June 2, 2012 5:13 pm
We need top class management possessing ethical values and taking decisions in the best interest of Pakistan. Unfortunately, this can't happen over night. Team selection itself is politicized and mostly the players are playing it as a job not as a pride. I totally agree with legend Imran Khan's view that one can only excel in a field if doing it as passion not as a way to live.
Faraz
June 2, 2012 6:36 pm
This pride or ghairat is a major problem in Pakistan, quite obvious from the comments, this pride stops people from thinking rationally. Pakistanis, please come out of your fantasy world, we need the money, our board needs the money, I don't see where we are losing pride either? Can't we be just smart and learn to live with the times? this "we will eat grass but won't budge" mentality has led Pakistan nowhere.
Guest
June 2, 2012 6:45 pm
Well said Ehsan , Please propagate this message to all the country men
Adil Jadoon
June 2, 2012 7:06 pm
Why do we need to play India anyway? Lets concentrate on domestic game.
Raj
June 2, 2012 8:31 pm
Pakistan has not been able contain terrorists . Every day we hear about terrorists attack. Where is the guarantee that there is enough security for any foreign teams. Pakistan cricket control board may be eager to host the foreign teams, but no foreign team is prepared to tour Pakistan.
shabut
June 2, 2012 9:44 pm
It's all about business in today's world so get the deal which makes the most profitable to you. keep emotions out of business and be realistic.
aab
June 2, 2012 10:07 pm
absolutely correct, mr. syed. PCB can make and survive from hugely sucessful pakistani business. pakistan is super rich and PCB just needs to market themselves more in pakistan. It can mae more revenues from pakistani business, than BCCI. PCB - be pakistani and stay in pakistan. dont through away our pride for petty cash, which is abundantly available in Pakistan. Please follow the Great Imran Khan
Rizwan
June 2, 2012 10:38 pm
No! We are not an esteemed nation. We cheat, we lie, we hate, more so than anyone around us; there are very few positive things about us. Other nations think (rightly so) that they'll put their lives in danger by visiting our land. I am surprised how you could think so big of ourselves. It is very important to identify the problems in order to solve them.
Sekar
June 3, 2012 12:25 am
Pakistan is a dangerous place to tour. Check with the Sri Lankans. Self preservation and family comes first. When the President of Pakistan feels safer traveling abroad than traveling within Pakistan (disaster areas or when the Punjab chief minister was assassinated) how do you expect cricketers to be sacrificial lambs? Also any terrorism in India linked to Pakistan should pull the plug on any relations let alone cricket.
Baba Sidni
June 3, 2012 12:38 am
What is the meaning of pride, if you can' live or eat?
BRR
June 3, 2012 2:14 am
Who needs more cricket? People in India have watched way too much cricket - they need a break to. Let PCB withdraw and spare the Indian public more of the same - boring cricket.
Mazhar
June 4, 2012 5:55 pm
I agree with this.
Adil safe in Canada
June 3, 2012 3:49 am
I am from Pakistan and would never step foot in that place. Indians stay away. You are safer touring Somalia!
Arindom
June 3, 2012 4:43 am
Seems the BCCI has learnt from the Americans how to deal with Pakistan - dangle some $$$!
letslearn123
June 3, 2012 5:20 am
please define "esteemed"
sagecaptial
June 3, 2012 6:18 am
Security of the Indian team would be a problem, better let us this baby step then maybe one day we will be able to run.
gp65
June 3, 2012 6:18 am
No other team including Bangladesh is willing to play in Pakistan. It is natural that Indian team would be hesitant given the security situation in Pakistan. BCCI is willing to give a fair share of revenue to PCB. SO how does this amount to humiliation?
Kalyan
June 3, 2012 6:29 am
I am not sure the Pakistani people have got this news item in the correct perspective. BCCI has no option but to demand all matches be played in India and is not in a position to award any match to Pakistan because of security concern. You may recall what happened to Sri Lanka team in Pakistan. Even recently the high court in Bangladesh refused to allow Bangladesh team to visit Pakistan. Thus, under such a situation , it would be foolish on the part of BCCI to allow Indian team to visit Pakistan.Even some of the top players and their families would refuse to visit Pakistan. People in Pakistan has to understand this instead of getting upset.
RAJAN
June 3, 2012 7:40 am
well said now days cricket is only business. PCB is dying to play with India bcoz of money...........................
Pasha
June 3, 2012 8:12 am
We, Pakistani, are not safe in Pakistan ( my relative in Karachi fear for their life everyday). How can we say we are esteemed nation ??? We are living in Cloud cukoo land..REALITY is different . No one dare to visit Pakistan..people in UK are scared of Pakistani nationals.
Aftab
June 3, 2012 8:00 pm
Please change your nationality as your thinking about country is highly negative.
vijay tipnis
June 4, 2012 4:03 am
on the spot kalyan . i agree with you.
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