PCB hopes to get Champions Trophy hosting fee

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/p/pcb-logo.jpg' class='caption'> The Pakistan Cricket Board is confident of getting $2.75 million as hosting right fees for this year's Champions Trophy.

Updated: March 13, 2009 12:21 IST
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is confident of getting $2.75 million as hosting right fees for this year's Champions Trophy - which was eventually shifted out of the country - despite the tournament's potential host South Africa insisting on the same.

Saleem Altaf, the Chief Operating Officer of the board, confirmed that Cricket South Africa (CSA) had raised certain financial issues pertaining to next Champions Trophy including the issue of who would get the hosting right fees.

Sources said CSA told the ICC and other members that it cannot host the tournament in September-October without financial help and rewards from the ICC, including the hosting right fees.

The ICC is due to take a final call on the venue next week after the weather pattern in Sri Lanka, standby venue, forced them to reconsider their decision to have the event in the island nation.

ICC had earlier shifted the tournament from Pakistan in January due to security concerns by some teams. Altaf said the ICC, while relocating the tournament to Sri Lanka, had assured PCB that Pakistan would get the $2.75 million as hosting fees/gate receipt.

But the ICC now has concerns about staging the matches in Sri Lanka due to weather patterns in the country during the period the trophy is to be held there which is why South Africa is now favourites to stage the matches in Johannesburg, Centurion and Pretoria.

Altaf said Pakistan would fight to ensure it got the hosting right fees as it was also facing a financial crunch.

"How the ICC manages the concerns of the South African board and the financial issues pertaining to the Champions Trophy is up to them but we remain confident we will get our hosting fees," Altaf said.

The ICC awards the hosting right fees to the host country of the tournament besides USD three million share to each of the Test playing nations.

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