PCB’s refusal to allot funds compels PBCC to look for other options

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) efforts to hold the World Cup Cricket of the Blind 2018 in a befitting manner have suffered a setback as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has refused to allot special grant to it for the purpose.

The fifth edition of the World Cup Cricket of the Blind is scheduled to take place in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in January next year.

Talking to reporter, PBCC Chairman Syed Sultan Shah said they had asked a special grant of Rs 6.6 million from PCB for holding the World Cup which the board refused to do so.

“We had sent a letter to PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed seeking Rs 6.6 million special grant,” he said.

However in reply the PCB in a letter to PBCC said Rs 4 million is already allocated for international cricket activities in the PBCC’s annual budget therefore regretted to give any extra funds for the World Cup. In the letter PCB also said that PBCC may approach government of Pakistan for further funds.

“Now we would look for other options for the special grant,” he said.

Besides Pakistan six teams have yet confirmed their participation for the World Cup including West Indies, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Australia. September 15 was the last date for accepting entries for the World Cup but South Africa is the only team which is still to confirm its entry.

Responding to a question, Sultan said though the last date for accepting entries for the World Cup has ended but we would wait for sometime more for South Africa’s team confirmation for the mega event.

Pakistan has won two World Cups in 2002 and 2006 while the other two are won by South Africa (1998) and India (2014).