SL team visit to Pakistan a great achievement: Mani
ISLAMABAD: In a step towards the revival of international cricket in Pakistan, the PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani on Friday believed convincing the Sri Lanka team to tour the country which had been a victim in the past was the biggest achievement of the board.
“The hosting of the full-fledged Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 in Pakistan was not only the biggest achievement as compared to bringing the Sri Lanka team to the country,” he said in the National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) held here at the Pakistan Sports Complex which was chaired by Member National Assembly (MNA) Agha Hassan Baloch.
The chairman also apologized on the matter that cameramen were barred to enter in the premises of the media block of Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi.
On the question moved by MNA Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto regarding the expenditure, incentives, salaries of PCB employees, Mani informed the committee that he would give a detailed in-camera briefing to the committee members.
“The cricket structure has been revamped and hopefully things would get on the right track,” he said.
He said PCB gave three million rupees tax in the last three years and did not take any grant from the government.
“To maintain transparency, my spending is updated on the PCB website after every three months,” he said and added it was the first time that a first class cricketer was getting Rs 200,000.
The committee members also regretted that they were not invited on the opening ceremony of PSL. To a question, Mani said the contract of PSL opening ceremony was not given to any Indian but a Pakistani company.
The committee members also questioned on the Karachi Coaching Center’s condition which was in a poor state, to which the IPC Minster Dr Fehmida Mirza said sports was a devolved subject and we needed to support each other for the revival of sports. – APP