PCB to return part of earnings to the Dutch

Published: Thursday, September 2, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is willing to return part of its earnings from the recent rain-affected tri-nation event in Holland despite being paid its share money in advance by the Netherlands Cricket Association.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said that Pakistan had got its share of the earnings of the tournament from the Dutch Board but was willing to return part of its share as the event was affected by bad weather.

Pakistan's share from the three-nation event also involving World Champions Australia and commercially the most viable team in the world, India, is said to be approximately $1.7 million.

The same amount was paid to the Australian and Indian Boards by the Dutch association but because of the tournament being spoiled by rain, the three Boards will have to refund approximately half a million dollars each.

The Indian channel Sony Max paid an amount of $6 million for the rights of the tournament in which two matches were washed out and only the final between Pakistan and Australia was a 50-over affair.

Shaharyar said that the Netherlands association had handled all the financial and organisational details of the tournament and Sony Max had made all payments to them."

The Netherlands association paid the share of all three cricket Boards in advance. But now because Sony Max are asking for a part refund of its total payment, all three Boards have to refund part of their shares and we have no problems with that," Shaharyar was quoted.

Shaharyar said that Sony Max was doing a review of the tournament and would shortly inform the Dutch association the exact amount that has to be returned by the three Boards.Once Pakistan, India and Australia refund the money to the Netherlands association, it would send the money to Sony Max.

Praising the efforts put in by the Dutch to organise the tournament, Shaharyar said had rain not spoiled the tournament it would have been a fantastic and successful event.

"We were very impressed with the efforts put in by the Dutch association despite their limited manpower and expertise of professional cricket. They managed very well through an army of volunteers," Shaharyar said.

The Dutch association did not get a share of the rights money paid by Sony Max but the three Boards shared all the expenses of the tournament and allowed the Dutch to keep the gate money receipts.

The PCB chief said if in future there was a proposal to hold another international tournament in Amstelveen, Pakistan would certainly support such a move.

The PCB is expected to make another package of around $150,000 from the Pakistan-Australia One-day International being held at Lord's on September four with the organisers -- the Wales and English Cricket Board (ECB) sharing all income equally with both Boards.

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