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Pakistan Cricketers to get 1.5 million each for Abu Dhabi ODIs

Written by Kashif Aziz on April 2nd, 2006   (455 views)

Pakistan cricketers have been promised an appearance fee of 1.5 million rupees each for playing in the two One-day Internationals (ODIs) against India in Abu Dhabi on April 18 and 19.

A Pakistani player disclosed that they had been told by the cricket authorities they would get paid 1.5 million rupees as appearance fees and the players had decided to donate some of their earnings to the relief fund for the earthquake victims that will be created from the earnings of the first match by the two boards.

There are no details available as to whether the Indian players are also being paid the same appearance fees for the two games by their board.

While the two boards have decided to donate 80 percent of the earnings of the first match for the sufferers of the earthquake that devastated parts of northern Pakistan last October, the earnings of the second game would be shared by the two boards.

The two boards are also paying the Abu Dhabi Cricket Club, a private club/company run by an Indian named Shetty who manages the stadium in Abu Dhabi a rental fee of $ one million for two games, an amount which has created a stir in cricket circles.

The main debate being that why pay such a huge amount for using the stadium in Abu Dhabi which has still not hosted an international match when other off shore venues are available for much less rental and even free of cost.

The Indian board has created further controversy by taking over the marketing of the two matches by apparently sidelining Pakistan, which claims to be an equal partner in the organisation of the two matches.

The tender document floated for the two games has no mentioning of Pakistan at all although the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) claims its representative(s) are working jointly with the Indians in every aspect of the organisation of the matches.

Although the name of one, Omar Al Askari, a businessman based in Abu Dhabi, has been given as Pakistan’s rep on the joint committee, but the sources claim that another Abu Dhabi-based person, Dilawar Mani, in fact, has been communicating with the PCB through faxes and has done the budgeting of the matches for them.

Why the PCB Director Cricket Operations, Saleem Altaf, who has also remained chief executive at the Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium chose to deny that Dilawar was not involved in any way in the matches is a question only he can answer best himself.

So far the PCB has yet to settle outstanding accounts of the 1996 World Cup and a tri-series held in Amsterdam last year with the Indians and in this background to enter into more joint ventures with India and that too at a venue yet to host any international games has raised many eyebrows in the cricket circles with the PCB mum on the issue as yet.

Source: The News

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