Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Rameez Raja said the PCB could “fall” as 90 per cent of ICC funding comes from that country, meaning the game here is run by “India’s businesses”.
Ramis, who appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Interstate Affairs in Islamabad on Thursday, said it was time to reduce the PCB’s dependence on ICC funds and start tapping into the local market.
“The ICC is a politicized body, divided between the Asian and Western sections and 90 per cent of its revenue comes from India. It is feared,” he said, adding that 50 per cent of the PCB’s budget comes from ICC funds.
“In a way Indian businesses run Pakistan cricket. If the Indian Prime Minister decides tomorrow that he will not allow any funding to Pakistan, this cricket board will collapse,” he said, but did not elaborate.
Ramis said the ICC has become an event management company and the PCB should have its voice heard if it does not want to repeal the series confirmed by New Zealand and England on security grounds.
“What New Zealand did is unacceptable because they did not share with us any information as to why the series was dropped in Pakistan. But they are now trying to change the series,” he said.
Ramis pointed out that there may be some good news about the New Zealand series being postponed for a week.
He said the New Zealand Cricket Board was working on a new schedule for the tour of Pakistan.
Senior Senator Raza Rabbani suggested that Pakistan should not play against New Zealand now and should not be denied any series, but Rameez pointed out that this is not possible as the country is part of a larger international cricket community.
“The good thing is, they work with us, which means they want to fix things with us.”
The New Zealand cricket team arrived in Pakistan on September 11 for the first time in 18 years and played in three ODIs and five Twenty20 Internationals, but their government and security agencies withdrew on September 19 due to security concerns.
Rameez, in a clear explanation to the senators, also said that he would announce his plans for Pakistan Cricket and the Board in a week or 10 days.
“For me, if the national team does not perform well and does not win matches, it means that everyone on the team, from the deacon to the top official, has failed in their duties,” he said.