Butt asks PCB to demand compensation from BCCI for cancellation of

Butt asks PCB to demand compensation from BCCI for cancellation of 2009 series

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 26, 2012 08:50 hrs

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt has insisted that Pakistan must ask the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to financially compensate it for the cancelled series of 2009.

"It is a good thing that finally the BCCI has invited Pakistan to play a short series this year in India. But my concern is, the PCB needs to gain something more out of the series than the resumption of ties," the Daily Times quoted Butt, as saying.

The PCB has already accepted the invitation from the BCCI to tour India in December to play a three-match ODI series and two Twenty20 matches. It would be the first bilateral series between the two countries after India suspended cricketing ties with Pakistan following the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 and cancelled a full Test tour to India in early 2009.

A PCB spokesman, however, said Pakistan would not be discussing sharing of revenue generation for the series, as its only interest was the revival of bilateral cricket ties.

Butt said he was not aware under what conditions Pakistan had agreed to now play in India and accepted the BCCI invitation.

"Zaka (Ashraf) has his own vision and policies but my belief is that we need to have bilateral ties with India on equal basis. They need to tour Pakistan and play a couple of matches," said Butt.

Butt's tenure was plagued by controversies including the 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England which led to bans on players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir and the attack on the visiting Sri Lanka team near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in 2009, the paper stated. (ANI)

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