Australia toured Pakistan after 24 years. The tour was much needed for the home side from a financial point of view. Almost no cricket with India and limited tours from top cricketing countries made it hard for the Pakistan Cricket Board to earn significant revenue. Pakistan although lost the test series but won the ODI series by 2 – 1. The lone T20 was won by Australia.
Happy with how the tour has gone, the PCB chairman has now revealed how much the PCB has gained from the tour by Australia.
“I think we will generate profit of around two billion rupees from this [Australia] tour, which is humongous” said Raja in a video released by the PCB.
Beating India was the turning point: Ramiz Raja
Pakistan managed to secure their maiden win over India in the World Cup back in October last year. The win was significant as it did a world of confidence by beating the favorites. India managed a competitive score of 151 for seven. Pakistan, however, stunned the world as they chased down the target without losing any wicket.
“Defeating India in the T20 World Cup was a turning point for us and it took our cricket to new heights. It’s the effect you saw in the PSL as well where people owned this team, which also helped our commercial angle. So, from the commercial aspect, I think we have broken all the records. I think we will generate profit of around two billion rupees from this [Australia] tour, which is humongous,” said the PCB chairman.”
The test series was criticized by not only cricket fans but also by the former cricketers from both Pakistan and Australia for the lack of liveliness, pace, and bounce. The series was heading towards a draw however the persistent Australians managed to bowl Pakistan out on the last day and won the series by 2 – 1.
So much was the criticism after the Rawalpindi test match, that Ramiz Raja came to provide an explanation for not being willing to hand over a lively pitch to the visitors keeping in mind their skills and familiarity with it.
Need to work on the infrastructure: Ramiz Raja
The PCB chairman acknowledged that a lot of work is needed on the infrastructure and now that the Australian series has ended, the organization is looking to work upon it.
“We are on the right track when it comes to commercial and cricket aspects but we are far behind in terms of infrastructure. I was waiting for the Australia series to end so that we can move towards pathways cricket, where we will focus on coaching, training, and education of youngsters,” he said