Bangladesh's tour to Pakistan will benefit Tigers: Zaka
16 January, 2013
LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Mohammad Zaka Ashraf has said that Bangladesh's tour to Pakistan will benefit Bangladesh itself whereas Pakistan Super League (PSL) will become a source of international cricket return to Pakistan.
Talking in Lahore to German Radio Deutsche Welle, Zaka said he was in talks with the Government of Pakistan to make PSL non-taxable for seven years and there would be golden opportunity for the investors, who were willing to buy the PSL franchises. “In two years, the value of franchises will be increased twofold and the income will not be subject to taxation,” he said.
He even linked the investment in the PSL with real estate business. “The PSL is like a new housing scheme where the initial prize of the land is quite low, and those who invest at start get substantial benefit in future.” Regarding Pakistan players' participation in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), he said: “We never conditioned the participation of our players with the Bangladesh tour. Bangladesh wants to send its team but has reservations as last year the Government of Punjab denied to provide them security.”
He said the PSL would not be affected by Bangladesh's refusal to tour Pakistan in fact Bangladesh cricket would get affected by us. “Pakistan has always favoured Bangladesh's interests, we still want to be with them and it is in their interest and benefit,” he said. Zaka, who is in association with ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP), further said that many teams, including India, were ready to tour Pakistan but they need guaranteed security. “Once a team or two tour Pakistan it will open all the doors. I have talked to other teams as well. They all are lined up, waiting for some team to tour first and break the ice,” he concluded.