Lahore, Apr 8 UNI | 4 months ago

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to give a push for India series with Chairman Najam Sethi saying 'My main aim is to revive cricket ties with India.'

"Until and unless we play with India, we won't make any money. If we don't make any money our domestic system will suffer. Everyone is toeing India's line because playing with India makes you money," he said before leaving for Dubai to attend an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting which opens today.

"Deals have been finalised with other boards for series till 2020, except for India. We need to play with them because it will help us generate money to run our cricketing affairs," Mr Sethi said.

"The three-day ICC meeting will discuss the proposed ICC governance model. The PCB is in isolation and its vote will not make much of a difference," Mr Sethi remarked.

"We are alone while all the other nine boards are on the same side. We will have to see how to negotiate with the Big Three," he remarked amidst indications that the Pakistan Board is likely to back the revamp plan.

The PCB is the only board left to accept the plan by the 'Big Three', comprising Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia, for ICC's revamp.

The PCB, along with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), abstained from voting when the issue was put to vote at the recent ICC meeting in Singapore but Sri Lanka has since rolled back its opposition.

(Posted on 08-04-2014)