ISLAMABAD - Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Dr. Nasim Ashraf said Tuesday that the financial health of the PCB was sound despite the postponement of the Australian team's tour in April this year. While speaking at a press conference after presiding over a high level meeting the PCB governing board, he said that PCB had to face a deficit of about Rs.750 million due to refusal of Australian team to play in Pakistan in April. Australia had postponed their tour of Pakistan due to security reasons. "The Australian tour to Pakistan is now rescheduled and will take place in April 2009 and October 2010 for One Day International (ODI) and Test matches respectively," he said. Busy season ahead: He said that Pakistan was going to host the Asia Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy besides a large number of international matches. "We faced some problems of lights at Lahore and we probed the whole thing. The PCB will make its own arrangements of lights in future. We can use energy generators for this purpose or hire alternative energy system," he said. The PCB chief said that Pakistan team was about to leave for Bangladesh next month to play a tri-nation series against the hosts and India. The Asia Cup is scheduled in Karachi and Lahore from June 24 to July 4 as West Indies and Pakistan have also agreed to play a twenty20 series in Toronto during coming August. New Zealand will land in Pakistan in the same month for an ODI series after which ICC Champions Trophy will commence on September 11. An ICC team would visit Pakistan on May 28 to finalise arrangements in this regard," he said. "National cricketers will visit a short trip to Abu Dhabi in November and then will play a home series against traditional contenders India in January February 2009, which has been declared Icon of Cricket by the ICC. The neighboring teams will play three Tests, five ODI and one twenty20 in this series. Sri Lanka and Australia will visit Pakistan in April while Pakistan will feature in twenty20 World Cup in June in London. Pakistan's women team has also qualified for this event," he added. Media Rights: "The PCB will also invite bids for international cricket played in Pakistan for next five years between 2008-9 and 2012-13. The tenures of existing contracts of media rights worth US$ 40 millions with two channels have almost been completed. "Pakistan cricket is presently broadcast live on television in more than 50 countries around the world including all the major cricketing nations as well as the Middle East, South East Asia and the United States of America (USA). The PCB's new package of media rights goes beyond the traditional television to include the growing distribution methods of broadband, internet, internet protocol television and mobile telephones," he said. Dr. Nasim Ashraf said that the management of board had outlined a clear roadmap for the whole process of awarding these rights. "This process that started a couple of months ago is expected to be completed by September this year producing a successful bidder as the official broadcast partner for next five years," he said. "This roadmap along with timelines was approved by the governing board and an updated on all steps is given to them at the meeting by the Director Marketing Ahsan Hameed Malik, who is working on this assignment," he added. Ashraf said that the process of bidding would be transparent and objective, producing a profitable deal for PCB and ensuring high-quality coverage of cricket for viewers worldwide. "In order to ensure transparency of the whole process, the PCB will be appointing a forensic accountant firm of international repute and stature shortly, who will give their independent report at the completion of this course. Ehsan Mani, former president ICC and an expert of this field, will also help the PCB honorary," he said. Salary increase for domestic cricketers: Aslam Sanjrani presented the report on domestic cricket and the governing body allowed low ranked regions to hire the services of maximum two local or overseas players. The governing board of PCB also decided to uplift the standard of the women cricket in Pakistan. It was also decided that the salary package of 250 local players of the 13-regions, who are in contract with PCB, will be increased to encourage these upcoming talented cricketers and to strengthen the regions cricket," he disclosed. Woman cricket: Ashraf said that a change in the structure of women cricket was also decided in the meeting and now women cricket would be run through a body which would be headed by a chairperson, who would be assisted by two vice chairpersons. Shoaib controversy: Regarding Shoaib Akhtar, he said he had no personal clash with the pacer, but no compromise would be made on discipline. "Although we don't take even a single penny from the government, we still respect the questions of legislators and will answer every question by the standing committees, "he concluded.