In a way, PCB leader Rameez Raja acknowledged that it was Indian money that floated the Pakistan Cricket Board, adding that India’s financial influence in the world game was something no other ICC member state could go against.
In that context, Raja told a Senate Standing Committee that the fall of the PCB could be triggered if the Indian government is inclined.
“The PCB receives 50 per cent of its funding from the ICC. The ICC conducts matches and the proceeds are distributed to its member groups,” Raja told the panel.
“Right now, 90 per cent of ICC funding comes from the Indian market. In other words, Indian businesses run Pakistan cricket. Tomorrow, if the Indian Prime Minister decides that they will not fund Pakistan cricket, the PCB is likely to collapse.
The PCB has been overcrowded and dry in recent times as it has pulled out of tours to New Zealand and the UK. The Kiwis, in fact, have arrived in Pakistan, but decided to fly home just minutes before the first one-day international due to unspecified “security threats”.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid has accused the New Zealand team of conspiracy to commit suicide, saying the e – mails came from accounts in India.
After more than a decade of international cricket in Pakistan, following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team that arrived in Lahore. Also, there have been no bilateral series against India for a decade and a half, no big deal for any guest country due to the relations between the two countries – and the biggest draw card for Pakistan.
The PCB has long lamented the isolation of the ICC that no other country has supported it, despite the country making several tours over the past year and a half during global epidemics. In fact, the UK tour of Pakistan was seen as a goodwill gesture for the United Kingdom tour last year, at a time when players had to be in a severe survival bubble when the corona virus erupted in that country.
India, England and Australia are informally called the ‘Big Three’ at the ICC because neither finance nor cricket – any major decision – can be implemented without their intervention. Many in Pakistan see India being isolated in the world system as a result of flexing its muscles.
“Australia will not stand against them (India). No country will stand against them. You saw what happened – they (New Zealand) packed up and left in two minutes because they have no personal interest in playing in Pakistan because our cricket economy is not so strong,” he said. Raja told the Senate Standing Committee.