PCB benefits from PSB kitty despite tall claims

The amount that was meant for development of Olympic sports

January 09, 2024
Champions Trophy 2017 winning squad. - ICC

ISLAMABAD: Despite tall claims, the Pakistan cricket has also benefited from the national exchequer in the past. 

According to the The News, Rs205 million were given from the Pakistan Sports Board’s (PSB) kitty to the Champions Trophy winning team in 2017.

The amount that was meant for development of Olympic sports in the country was instead distributed among the cricketers. 

The cash rich Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has always claimed that it has never taken a single penny from the national exchequer, hence is not answerable to the government. The excuse the PCB officials have presented many times during the Senate and NA Committee meetings.

The News however has learnt that Rs205 million were doled out to the Champions Trophy winning team from the PSB’s exchequer instead of taking the money out from the PCB’s kitty. Since the amount was meant for the cricketers, there was no bar on taking the prize money out of Board’s kitty but instead the Olympic Sports had to bear the brunt as the PSB was asked to release the amount instead.

“The documents submitted with NAB by the PSB reveal that a hefty amount of Rs205 million was drawn from the PSB’s kitty for cricketers. The PCB is one of the richest organizations in the country and as such can easily spend and contribute for cricketers’ benefit in a big way. The Olympic sports hardly get any grant from the government. It was unjust to deduct the PSB’s amount meant for Olympic sports for the cricketers’ benefit. The PCB is there to look after the cricketers and there is no one except the government to contribute to other sportsmen’s cause as they are preparing for the national and international events,” an official from the sports federations when contacted said.

He contemplated that Rs205 million was deducted from the amount meant from the Olympic Games athletes at a time when the 12th South Asian Games scheduled in Nepal were just around the corner.

“It was really unjust to pull out the amount for cricketers from the sports budget meant for other sports. The PCB should have come forward and given the prize money to the Champions Trophy winning team from its own instead of taking the money out of the PSB’s kitty. The prime minister is the patron-in-chief of the PCB and has every right to divert some of the amount for cricketers’ benefit or award prize money to them. Then why was the amount taken out from the PSB kitty. The PSB has never supported the federations in a big way. The hefty amount of Rs680 million it received as special grant should have been diverted entirely to the Olympic sports,” the federation official added.

Abdul Mohi Shah is a senior reporter for The News