LAHORE -  The International Cricket Council (ICC) board has accepted Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) plea to financially support them due to the PCB’s inability to host international matches.

The ICC board agreed to provide some financial assistance to the PCB and to further discuss the matter with them, during the ICC board meetings that concluded in Cape Town on Friday.

“The ICC Board, on the recommendation of the financial and commercial affairs committee, agreed that some form of assistance will be provided and the matter will be discussed with PCB going forward,” said the ICC in its press release.

It is pertinent to mention here that the PCB, earlier, had made a request for a special assistance fund to be allocated to Pakistan in light of its financial issues related to not being able to compete at home.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan had also called for the ICC to set up a special compensation fund for Pakistan after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) agreed to send their team to Bangladesh this month despite security concerns.

Shaharyar had said that the PCB would again push its case in the ICC for the setting up of a special fund for Pakistan cricket. "The ECB has refused to send its team to Pakistan because of security concerns but after consulting its foreign office and sending its security experts to Bangladesh, it has agreed to send its team to Bangladesh."

"We will again push our case that’s why Pakistan only being deprived of international cricket at home. But we are hopeful that if we can have the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore next February, then our case will get stronger," he had said.

Chairing the ICC meeting, its chairman Shashank Manohar said: “We have had a productive week working with our members for the long-term benefit of cricket. We are continuing our work on the whole ICC governance structure, including the revenue share model, and I expect a proposal to go to our board next year.

“A number of decisions have been taken, particularly around the governance of cricket in the USA, women’s cricket and funding of associate cricket to drive up playing standards,” he added.

He said: “Work continues on the future governance structure of the ICC, including the revenue sharing model, and a comprehensive proposal is expected to go to the ICC Board early in 2017.

“There was further discussion around the structure of international bilateral cricket as members collectively aim to bring greater context across all three formats of the game with more progress made. Further work will be undertaken around scheduling before a full proposal for consideration will go to the ICC Board in February,” he added.

“The ICC Board approved a proposal for Uganda to host the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in 2017 subject to ICC management being satisfied as to necessary security arrangements being put in place and operational costs being reduced,” he concluded.