Sports: Cricket: PCB claims to have improved its position in ICC

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday claimed that it has made extraordinarily significant gains at the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) annual meeting in Melbourne.

According to PCB, its chief Najam Sethi was able to secure three major concessions. After N. Srinivasan’s election as the first ICC Chairman in a landslide, India has officially turned the MOUs signed earlier this year with regard to six rubbers between the two nations, four of these to be hosted by the PCB in the UAE or Pakistan with mutual consent, into binding agreements straightaway. The six tours are now part of the Future Tours Programme and are to be played from 2015 to 2023.

Another major achievement was the ICC agreeing Thursday to grant Pakistan the fourth rank after the ‘Big Three’ – India, England and Australia – in terms of the percentage of revenue to be received from the ICC in the next eight years from broadcasting and other rights on ICC fixtures.

The third big recognition is, the ICC confirming Pakistan to get the position of the global body’s President for ONE year with effect from June 2015.

“The PCB had organized itself and planned to get maximum advantage for Pakistan cricket from an extremely precarious position. We have accomplished all our objectives. And I am positive that in the times to come Pakistan Cricket shall greatly benefit from what PCB has been able to obtain for it today”, said Sethi speaking from Melbourne.

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