Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suffered a revenue loss to the tune of USD 90 million in its last media rights deal because of the frozen bilateral cricket ties with India since 2008.
India have played against Pakistan only in ICC tournaments in the last few years due to the diplomatic tension between the two nations.
A reliable source said PCB’s last five-year deal, which expired this month, included two home series against India. The broadcasters who signed the contract worth 149 million dollars had a condition that the series would be held against India.
“Unfortunately since Pakistan was unable to play the two home series against India as included in the agreement, Ten Sports and PTV the two broadcasters who had taken the rights deducted 90 million dollars of the total sum as per the agreement,” the source said.
The PCB also faced financial disagreements with its last broadcaster over the unscheduled home series against the West Indies etc.
The source said that the PCB has already started exploring the market to get good money for its international home media rights deal either short or long term.
“The problem is that right now due to the Coronavirus pandemic the situation in the market is bad. In fact, the situation for cricket broadcast rights has been poor since last December,” he said.
PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani earlier this week in a podcast had said that the Board was mentally prepared to get bids which would be lower in price than what the Board anticipated.
Mani had insisted that although the PCB had suffered losses because of the absence of series against India, it can live without playing them.