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Pak stand to lose $ 15 million

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Pakistan stands to lose a whopping $ 15 million in telecast rights and sponsorships if India calls off their tour to Pakistan to play three Tests and five One-day internationals in December, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Gen Tauqir Zia said on Thursday. Talking to reporters, Gen Zia, who is here for the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting, said telecast rights alone for the entire series were to the tune of $ seven million. "If you convert this amount into Pakistani rupees, it is a huge amount." He repeated his offer to take the Pakistani team to India to play cricket, if India was not willing to visit Pakistan. Gen Zia's comments came amid reports that efforts were being made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to convince the Indian government to allow the tour to go on. BCCI chief A C Muthiah, who was also here for the ACC meeting, confirmed that senior BCCI member Raj Singh Dungarpur had met External affairs minister Jaswant Singh in Delhi to persuade him to permit the Indian team to go to Pakistan. Muthiah said Dungarpur, who visited Lahore for the International Cricket Council (ICC) financial committee meeting, was assured by the Pakistani authorities that fool-proof security and other arrangements would be made for the Indian team, should it go ahead with the tour. Muthiah said Dungarpur found that the Pakistan was 'really aggrieved' because of the cancellation of the tour. The BCCI chief appeared keen that the tour must go on. He, however, hastened to add that the Board would abide by the decision of the government. "We have to respect the views of the government in national interest," he added. Gen Zia appreciated the efforts made by Dungarpur to revive the tour. "India and Pakistan must play cricket. Snapping cricketing ties will not be a wise step," he said. The PCB chief said he would wait for India's final response in the matter till the first week of December and, thereafter, consider various other options like playing a home series against Bangladesh. Gen Zia said he had ordered an inquiry into the allegations that Pakistan's matches against India and Bangladesh in the World Cup last year were fixed. On English player Alec Stewart, who has been named in the CBI report on match-fixing and who is playing in the ongoing England-Pakistan series, Gen Zia said, "I have not seen the CBI report but the allegations must be proved."

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