Pakistan to pocket $2.75 mn from Champions Trophy
Pakistan will still pocket $2.75 million from the Champions Trophy despite the event being shifted to South Africa for security reasons, a top cricket official said in Lahore.cricket Updated: Mar 17, 2009 17:11 IST
Pakistan will still pocket $2.75 million from the Champions Trophy despite the event being shifted to South Africa for security reasons, a top cricket official said in Lahore on Tuesday.
South Africa was approved on Monday as the new host of the biennial tournament in September-October by the board of International Cricket Council (ICC) after the decision last month to take it out of troubled Pakistan.
However the ICC board decided that Pakistan will keep the hosting rights, ensuring a significant windfall for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the sport's governing body here.
"The decision of giving the Champions Trophy to South Africa hasn't changed the picture," PCB chief operating officer Salim Altaf told reporters in Lahore.
"If the ICC gives South Africa financial assistance, it would still have no impact on the PCB's share, which is 2.75 million dollars."
A terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team earlier this month in Lahore which left eight policemen dead and wounded seven Sri Lankan players and a coach further dented Pakistan's hopes of staging international cricket.
The Champions Trophy had already been taken away from Pakistan after several teams had expressed fears about security.
Sri Lanka, the alternative venue for the Trophy, was ruled out as a possible host after concerns were expressed over weather conditions in Colombo during the September 24-October 5 dates for the tournament.
Australia will defend the title they won in India in 2006. England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies are the other competing teams.