Karachi: The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi foresees a financial bonanza of around USD 450 million if a planned bilateral series agreement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) goes smoothly. Sethi told the media that if Pakistan was able to host four "home" series against India as envisaged in the agreement its earnings from the next eight-year cycle of international cricket would be around USD 450 mainly from four series with India.
Pakistan and India have signed a agreement for six series four of them to them to be hosted by Pakistan either in Pakistan or at neutral venues between the period 2015 to 2023. Analysts believe the Indians agreed to the agreement after Pakistan didn't oppose the election of N Srinivasan as Chairman of the revamped International Cricket Council (ICC) with more powers being given to India, Australia and England.
The wholesale governance changes and new financial model, which Pakistan initially opposed, was formally endorsed at the ICC's annual meeting in Melbourne last week. Sethi said according to rough estimates Pakistan could earn around USD 300 million from just the four series against India in the new future tours program. (Also read: Bilateral agreement useless without India's clearance, Says Sethi)