Pakistan can play a series against ICC World XI to help raise funds for PCB which it lost due to cancellation of home series, yea right this is the latest development by ICC task force to help revive cricket in Pakistan.
It surely looks like a good idea if such a series can happen in UK or UAE, places with most Pakistan support around the world since there will be no cricket back home in Pakistan in near future. It will also help raise some money and will show world focus on reviving cricket in Pakistan. But question is, is it really a solution?
Well, no. However it is good idea for one time but it is not a solution at all. Best solution is if Pakistan get fair amount of series in home, yes that is currently not possible and is also not in hands of ICC or PCB. So alternatively Pakistan is playing on neutral venues against other teams which are not producing enough money for them. As the current series is Pakistan home series but actually Pakistan is playing in New Zealand opponents home. So virtually no profit at all. Similarly next is against Australia in Australia, nothing for Pakistan.
Next summer there will be two series in England which are Pakistan home series where it has been reported that it will be profit as well as spectators for Pakistan like home. So lets hope if this happen true and PCB could bag some bucks.
Problem with such series is there is always extra expenses playing in those countries as England will surely cost Pakistan for providing facilities and also will get a part of profit as UAE did in recent ODI series there. I seriously doubt that England might be still getting more profit than Pakistan by those series if they prove successful which is highly likely as one is against England the actual home team and other is against Australia another well followed team in UK. So what Pakistan will gain at the end?
Yes of course Pakistan will be happy to play cricket specially test cricket after some shortage of it which is always good to develop a team like Pakistan that too against very good teams. Pakistan also needs a series against India at any such neutral venue that will really help the cause of funds as well as some highly famous competitive series. UK is a best place for such series as both teams have a huge support there already witnessed in ICC T20 world cup matches.
So situation right now is encouraging as well as worrying as after all you can not justify a home series against a neutral series plus what about stripping off of Champions Trophy and World Cup. There is not alternatives for such huge loss.