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Lack of series with India cost us $ 80 million: PCB

cricket Updated: Jul 05, 2013 11:25 IST
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Blaming it on lack of bilateral series with India, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) claims to have lost approximately $ 80 million in its broadcasting deal with the Dubai-based Ten Sports that ended last month.

A senior official of the board said that since Pakistan didn't host any home series against India in the four-year broadcasting deal, it lost out on an estimated $ 80 million from its total deal of $ 135 million.

"In our agreement with the broadcasters there was a clear clause that we had to play at least two home series with India in a four-year cycle and it would have fetched us an estimated $ 80 to 85 million of the total deal of $135 million," said the official.

"But unfortunately since we have not had any bilateral ties with India at home in this four-year cycle it has cost us a lot revenues," he said.

Moreover, the official said the tough part was that when the PCB invites bids for a new four-year deal in September, it would face the same problems as in the previous deal.

"Again broadcasters would want to have an escape clause if we don't play India in a home series; it will cost us estimated revenues."