PCB hopes to host this big team in the upcoming months
PCB is keen on restoring the sport in the country again.
Published - Apr 4, 2018 6:00 pm | Updated - Apr 4, 2018 6:00 pm
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is very pleased with the way the country recently hosted Windies for a short T20I series. Albeit it was a very short series, the message that the series gave was a loud one. The series marked as a successful international assignment for the nation that has been deprived of international cricket for a very long time.
Now, with the series completed without any hassles, the board is aiming to invite the top ranked sides to Pakistan. In the last couple of years, only Windies and Sri Lanka have toured the country. Ever since the infamous terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009, the major teams have deserted the game of cricket on the Pakistani soil.
However, things have improved a great deal in terms of security since then. This is the primary reason why the PCB is keen on restoring the sport in the country again. The successful hosting of international fixtures, including a World XI series, and also the PSL matches, is a testimonial of peaceful games played in the country.
England touring Pakistan could be a big gain
In a recent update, as per the reports in News18, Pakistan’s interior minister has invited the England cricket team to tour the country in the coming months. The Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal, wrote an invitation to UK High Commissioner Thomas Drew in the same regard. If England agrees to tour Pakistan for a series, this will be their first assignment in Pakistan since their previous visit in 2005.
“The successful staging of international matches in Pakistan is a clear proof that we have defeated terrorism and extremism. But I also hope that it will not be long before I can welcome an England team to Pakistan. That really is something to look forward to,” Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal quoted.
Furthermore, Pakistan is set to host Australia and New Zealand later this year in the UAE. The PCB could pretty well try to convince these sides to play a few games in Pakistan as well.