Pakistan and India agree on six-series deal for next eight years

Published: June 26, 2014
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KARACHI / MELBOURNE: Six cricket series between Pakistan and India, to be held between  2015 and 2022, have officially been announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The PCB has successfully secured six series against India after signing a legal binding agreement for the next eight years.

Four of the six series will be hosted by Pakistan in the UAE or in Pakistan with mutual consent, while the other two will be hosted by India.

Furthermore, the PCB has emerged as the strongest cricket board apart from the ‘Big Three’ — namely India, England and Australia –in terms of the percentage of revenue it will receive from the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The PCB, led by Zaka Ashraf, had initially shown strong opposition to the ‘Big Three’ plan, which gave India, England and Australia the power to dominate world cricket.

However, the PCB was left alone in the battle as other countries also pledged their allegiance to the ‘Big Three’ plan and there was a fear of further isolation for Pakistan cricket.

As soon as Najam Sethi came back in power as PCB chairman, he tried to handle the situation swiftly so that Pakistan could make the most out of the situation.

According to PCB, the ICC has decided to grant Pakistan the fourth rank in the power game.

“A major achievement for PCB as ICC agreed on Thursday to grant Pakistan the fourth rank after the ‘Big Three’ in terms of the percentage of revenue to be received from the ICC in the next eight years from broadcasting and other rights on ICC fixtures,” a PCB press release read.

“It is a really big achievement,” said Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi.

According to Express News, if India refuses to play the series, they will be heavily penalised.

 

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  • Ajamal
    Jun 26, 2014 - 4:22PM

    This is an excellent achievement and praise must be given where it is due, Mr. Najam Sethi.

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  • Malikpur - Janderbari - Abbottabad
    Jun 26, 2014 - 4:25PM

    Well done Sethi sb, despite of criticism by naunahalan-e-inqulab you did good job to bring back Pakistan in international cricket.

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  • Qadri the Great
    Jun 26, 2014 - 4:26PM

    Qadri will make sure India plays in Pakistan. He’ll remove corruption which will cleanse Pakistan from terrorism. We need cricket in Pakistan. Qadri the great, Qadri the lion. Cricket zindabad. JIYE QADRI JIYE QADRI.

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  • salman
    Jun 26, 2014 - 4:31PM

    Najam Sethi the man.

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  • Jun 26, 2014 - 4:35PM

    Big Three plan is a big disappointment for ICC and world Cricket. But it is time to move on now. Hope that BCCI will fulfill this mutual agreement. Pakistan cricket will improve financially and our cricketers will have more exposure on world stage ultimately.

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  • sa
    Jun 26, 2014 - 4:37PM

    PCB is moving Right direction. we need more good news ….

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  • adnan
    Jun 26, 2014 - 4:37PM

    well done sethi saab. its great achievement considering pakistant current law n order situation. sethi has saved pakistan cricket from isolation.

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  • IndianFanatic
    Jun 26, 2014 - 4:43PM

    The Big Three have been too generous with Pakistan. After all they went all out to scuttle the deal. India should not have agreed to any bilateral series with Pakistan. If the shoe were on the other foot, would Pakistan have accommodated India? No way!

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  • Adeel Pervaiz
    Jun 26, 2014 - 4:48PM

    4th Rank in terms of Percentage, WOW, if it is as it is said, I am sure it will be very good for Pakistani Cricket, Thank you Sir(Najam Sethi) I wasn’t expecting anything good from you after GEO TV incident, but it seems you did some good job for PCB.

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 26, 2014 - 4:50PM

    Shameful for PCB! Being Pakistani, I think PCB should have refused to play against India in protest of how they treat our Kashmiri brothers and sisters, and for occupation of OUR land.

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  • Ali
    Jun 26, 2014 - 4:52PM

    Who is the current Chairman of PCB after this post?

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  • NotABigFanOfSethi
    Jun 26, 2014 - 4:56PM

    It is a big achievement from Sethi if it is true and he must be appreciated regardless of political bias.

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  • Haroon
    Jun 26, 2014 - 5:13PM

    Well done.Diplomacy was required and you did that.Najam Sethi.

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  • Haroon
    Jun 26, 2014 - 5:14PM

    Well Done Najam Sethi,

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  • Aafaq
    Jun 26, 2014 - 5:14PM

    Appreciate it because it will generate revenue and both teams should play with each other on regular basis. Najam Sehthi has done a commendable job. Good luck to PCB

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  • Jun 26, 2014 - 5:26PM

    BCCI will never respecl such agreements. as per their past record specially when it comes to sports and specifically cricket.This is the price we got by giving up our principle’s stand for the betterment and equality of cricket People will like it praise it now but it will matter how it will turned out for the cricketing world by stamping on the dictatorship in cricket nations.Recommend

  • Umair Naseer
    Jun 26, 2014 - 5:27PM

    I am also a Najam’s fan but guys Pakistan was always the fourth largest revenue contributer as Pakistan has following all around the world nothing new n no achievement.. Plus series with India will largely depend upon Indian government stance.

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  • Jibran
    Jun 26, 2014 - 5:45PM

    Show us the “legally binding” agreement. This is nothing but a Sethi ploy leaked to the press.

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  • Orange
    Jun 26, 2014 - 5:48PM

    Well Done Sethi sahab.. dont get disctracted by PTI PAT!! Keep up the good work..Recommend

  • pakistani bloach
    Jun 26, 2014 - 5:48PM

    Pakistan is 2nd biggest cricket playing nation in terms of cricket following nd was 2nd biggest contributor after bcci before cricket stopped in pakistan.

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  • Aiman Kay
    Jun 26, 2014 - 6:00PM

    @IndianFanatic: There are doves and hawks on both sides of the border so a sweeping statement about all Pakistanis is not true.

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  • Viking Star
    Jun 26, 2014 - 6:06PM

    I would love to hear same news from the mouth of ICC or BCCI. As of now, its just a claim by PCB.

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  • Indian Muslim
    Jun 26, 2014 - 6:13PM

    BCCI and PCB can sign all the agreements they want, only deciding authorities are Hafiz sayeed and ISI. If we don’t have their blessings forget about it.

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  • Viking Star
    Jun 26, 2014 - 6:14PM

    I doubt about the authenticity of this news. BCCI wanted PCB to support corrupt Srinivasan for ICC chairmanship post, and for this very purpose only offered to play “a bilateral series in UAE” – next year with Pakistan.
    Will anyone (PCB/Sethi) provide any proof of PCB being the 4th one among group and the “so called” legally binding 6 series against India????????

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  • Faraz
    Jun 26, 2014 - 6:32PM

    @Ahmed:
    As a Kashmiri, I am constrained to inform you that the land is OURS. Not yours. Period.
    You need to know that most Kashmiris curse the day that Pakistan intervened in the Kashmir dispute (by sending legions of armed beards to Kashmir). We have lost an entire generation to this pointless, wretched war.
    The vast majority of Kashmiris wish Pakistan well and at the same time want to be a comfortable distance away from the death spiral that Pakistan is spinning within.

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  • Imran
    Jun 26, 2014 - 6:35PM

    I wish I could believe PCB statementsRecommend

  • Mega
    Jun 26, 2014 - 6:38PM

    @umair naseer no it will solely depend on Pakistan govt to make sure no mumbai like event takes happen again. Or indian public pressure will be be enough for govt to stop bcci from commencing any business with pcb. And the penalty fine to be paid in that case is anyway peanuts compared to what we earn. Hope better sense prevail across the border.Recommend

  • Nasir Mahmood
    Jun 26, 2014 - 6:39PM

    If one reads ICC’s press release carefully, it says Pakistan will get fourth big share for only two years. So BCP spokesperson should speak truth.

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  • kulwant singh
    Jun 26, 2014 - 6:51PM

    @Ahmed: Dear Ahmad be realistic all the problems being faced by Kashmiris are due to Pakistan , at the time of partition the Raja of Kashmir did not joined India or Pakistan and remained independent, it was due Pakistanis that Maharaja Hari Singh joined the Indian Union and the Kashmir was devided had Pakistan followed the UN resolution in right spirt and withdrawn Pak security forces and Pak civilians from POK the referendum would have been carried out as decided by the the UN. You claim Kashmiri Muslims to be your brothers what about other Muslims living in India, Muslims of Afganistan and Iran are they not your brothers.

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  • Sultan Mehmood
    Jun 26, 2014 - 7:07PM

    Well done Najam Sethi and Well done PML N

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  • Zaid Hamid Lal Topi Wala.
    Jun 26, 2014 - 7:21PM

    @Ahmed: What about other Muslim living in India? Are they not your brother & sister?

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  • Yasir
    Jun 26, 2014 - 7:23PM

    The cricket cheerers consider this. India occupies Kashmir and killing and persuting Kashmiris. India is supporting destabilizing whole of Pakistani state with it sabotage acts. Only the media groups will make money from cricket and so they put this above the nations self-respect.

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  • Genesys
    Jun 26, 2014 - 8:11PM

    @Ahmed:
    All these years of Kashmir support and rhetoric, what has it contributed to Pakistan or for that matter India.. Nothing but bad blood , social tensions, economic bleeding both within and outside the country. For once put this Kashmir business on the backburner and focus on growth,poverty alleviation and development which means a lot to the millions who are deprived of the basics in life. The millions now spent on this problem can be gainfully deployed towards better life for the others.This is something both India and Pakistan should think about.Recommend

  • Anticorruption
    Jun 26, 2014 - 8:46PM

    if this is really true, then Najam Sethi deserves full credit, but sounds a bit too good to be true. will believe it when I see a press release from ICC or BCCI saying the same thing.

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  • Surya
    Jun 26, 2014 - 9:07PM

    @Ahmed, as a Kashmiri Pandit, I’m clearly not one of your so called “brothers”, right?

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  • rap47
    Jun 26, 2014 - 9:07PM

    I don’t know when we will improve in other Sports. Why Cricket when only 8 Teams around the world play ?

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  • kk
    Jun 26, 2014 - 9:28PM

    @IndianFanatic:
    Us Pakistanis have pretty big hearts. i am sure we can accommodate your people.

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  • Bewildered
    Jun 27, 2014 - 1:08AM

    @Indian Muslim:

    “only deciding authorities are Hafiz sayeed and ISI.”

    Was Gujarat massacre also planned by ISI and executed by Hafiz Saeed, or by the man you voted to power? Like to know from an Indian Muslim.

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  • Indian reader
    Jun 27, 2014 - 9:32AM

    @Ahmed: Even the land of Pakistan belongs to India mate. Moreover, If India decide not to play Pakistan, Your PCB will go bankrupt soon. So thank Indian generosity towards Pakistan.

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  • Shan
    Jun 27, 2014 - 12:29PM

    Its an indian mercy on pakistan cricket board, we should thank them.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jun 28, 2014 - 11:51AM

    @kulwant singh:
    People of Kashmir will have to sock it out with the Indians as your people did after the downgrade of your temple! Pakistan certainly is no longer the choice for any muslim!!

    Rex Minor

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