The Pakistan Cricket Board will spend approximately $3 million for hosting a World XI in Lahore next month.
Three T-20 exhibition matches featuring the World XI against the home team are scheduled to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium. A PCB official has confirmed the approximate budget $3 million. This includes payments to the players and officials.
“The PCB is not looking at making any profits from this series. We see the World XI tour as the first real big step towards revival of international cricket in the country,” the official has been quoted as saying.
The official further adds that efforts would be made to recover costs from media rights, sponsorships and ticket revenues. PCB is reportedly paying the players between $75,000 and $100,000 for the September 11 to 15 tour.
No Test nation has visited the country since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus. PCB had invited Zimbabwe for a short limited over series in May, 2015. But that tour was neither approved nor supported by the ICC.
For the World XI tour, ICC will be sending its match referee while the umpires will be from Pakistan. The three matches are scheduled on September 12, 13 and 15 at Lahore’s Gaddafi stadium.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Board of Governors Member and Lahore City Cricket Association President Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad has welcomed the tour of World XI to Pakistan, and two other foreign team including Sri Lanka and West Indies.
“The most important aspect is the successful holding of World XI tour to Pakistan as it will pave the way of the Lankan and Windies teams to visit Pakistan in October and November,” Nadeem, a former first class cricketer himself, said. “Lahore will be hub of international cricket activities in coming months and lovers of the game will be watching quality cricket in their own backyard to see a new era of cricket happening in Pakistan.”