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Low profile Bangladesh series to cost PCB millions of rupees

Lahore, March 29 : The Pakistan Cricket Board will suffer huge financial losses to the tune of millions of rupees during the forthcoming one-day series against Bangladesh, as the low-profile event could not attract a good number of sponsors.

The series has been oraganised after Cricket Australia postponed their visit citing security reasons.

According to the estimates, the PCB will have to spend about Rs30 million, only on boarding, lodging and transportation. In addition to this, Rs10.25 million is required to pay match-fess to the Pakistan cricketers.

To meet the expenditure, the PCB has almost sold the TV rights for a meagre amount of Rs10.47 million. The remaining amount is expected through the title sponsorship inside billboard and gate money.

The series has been arranged on a reciprocal basis, which means the visiting side would not charge any match fees, and Pakistan would play a same number of matches in Bangladesh. "The Bangladeshis are playing the series on a reciprocal basis and in future Pakistan will tour Bangladesh for the same number of matches, without charging any fees," the Dawn quoted a PCB official as saying.

The PCB has invited Bangladesh for the series after Australia's refusal to tour Pakistan due to security concerns. But the PCB is not pinning great hopes on these three resources, since the series is no match to an Australia-involving contest.

Story first published: Saturday, March 29, 2008, 15:16 [IST]
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