Ehsan Mani, PCB, Pakistan, West Indies

Ehsan Mani says previous PCB regime paid extra money to West Indies for Pakistan tour

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani told the National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) that the previous PCB regime paid extra money to West Indies for Pakistan tour.

The committee which met here at the Pakistan Sports Complex with MNA Agha Baloch in the chair, were taken aback when Chairman PCB asked a committee member, Munawara Bibi Baloch, that if she wanted to get tickets of Pakistan Super League (PSL) he would provide her after buying them from the market, said a report.

Mani’s remarks irked all members of the committee who immediately announced to boycott the meeting in protest. The situation, however, did not get out of hand as the PCB chief immediately took back his words.

Chairman PCB, who was accompanied by director domestic cricket Haroon Rashid and other officials at the meeting, briefed the committee about the cricket affairs. He said that relocation of the entire PSL to Pakistan had paid off handsomely and the league’s fifth edition was a huge success. He disclosed that around 450 international cricketers are registered with the PSL which shows how they rated this league.

Making a startling disclosure, Mani said that before his joining as PCB head, the West Indies team was given $25000 per player for playing a T20 series in Pakistan while members of another team were paid $15000 per player for the tour.

“But this PCB regime has not paid anything extra to any player for playing in Pakistan,” he said. “Pakistan hosted Sri Lanka and other teams which was a big boost for Pakistan cricket.”

He revealed that the PCB gave 14 per cent tickets of PSL on complimentary basis. The committee members then asked Mani to give details of the recipients of free tickets to which he said that among others, Police officials were also given free tickets. “If we will not give them tickets[ to police], then they will stop our entry into our own stadium,” he remarked.

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