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Ex-ICC chief Mani warns PCB not to follow BCCI blindly
Thursday 26 July 2012

Former International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Ehsan Mani has advised the Pakistan CricketBoard (PCB) to refrain from blindly following the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) without putting forward its own point of view.

The BCCI has invited Pakistan for a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series in December, ending the five-year hiatus. While it was PCB's turn to host the series, the Pakistan board refused to go into the debate of revenue-sharing, saying its first priority was to revive cricket with India, reports The Express Tribune.

The BCCI is expected to earn millions of dollars from the short series, gauged from the fact that television rights will be sold at an estimated 25 million dollars. The PCB, which is facing a budget deficit, will not get a share for the series.

However, Mani added that the PCB should have been involved in decision making as well.

"It is concerning to see that the BCCI solely took the decision. Their working committee discussed it and their board decided it on their own without consulting the PCB. They blindly followed what the BCCI conveyed to them. The officials showed a lack of competence by saying yes without putting forward the board's point of view," Mani said.

"However, as far as the resumption is concerned, it will be good for world cricket, fans and help in bridging gaps between the two countries," he added.


ANI

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