West Indies head coach Stuart Law impressed with the security in Pakistan
Law also made a controversial statement that the IPL franchises were ruthless.
Published - Apr 4, 2018 6:08 pm | Updated - Apr 4, 2018 6:08 pm
The West Indies team recently toured Pakistan to play a 3-match T20I series. They agreed for the tour so as to help revive international cricket in Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been working really hard to revive cricket in the country for quite a while now.
Earlier, the Sri Lankan team also toured the country for the last match of their T20I series. Furthermore, the last three games of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was also hosted in Karachi this year. The board is aiming to conduct half of the league in the country next year. Given the targets that they have, it would have been very heartening to host the West Indies.
Windies win hearts!
Although they lost the series, the Caribbean team won many hearts by touring Pakistan despite the security threat. Former Australian cricketer Stuart Law on Tuesday termed the security arrangements in Pakistan “more than adequate”. Law is currently the head coach of the West Indies team.
Talking to media at the conclusion of the series, Law noted that playing in this environment may seem daunting from the outside. But he also added that the perception of the people changes once they visit the country. Further, he said that the security will help ensure that more international matches are played in Pakistan.
“The security has been outstanding. We haven’t seen any issues, any incidences. It’s a bit daunting if you are not used to the setup. It is a bit daunting for the people outside but once you get here and see it for yourself, it’s different,” he said. But he also said that people will still have reservations to visit the country.
“I’m not saying that it has opened the floodgates and everyone comes rushing back. Still, people will have reservations. But from what I’ve seen here, it’s more than adequate — that’s for sure — to make sure that we can get cricket back in Pakistan,” Law said. He felt sorry for Pakistani players as they don’t get to play in front of their home crowd much and also termed Karachi crowd outstanding.
Karachi crowd outstanding, IPL franchises ruthless
“This is the first time I’ve been to Karachi. The fans here were outstanding. Every night, there was a tremendous atmosphere in the ground. They are very respectful to us everywhere we’ve been, [we were] treated very well,” he said, adding that he is a big fan of Pakistani cricket. “I’m just glad for the people here in Karachi, particularly, but also Pakistan, to see their national team playing really well against another international cricket team,” Law added.
Law also expressed disappointment towards his teams’ performance. “The tour was put together — rushed — so we have to find a way to satisfy the tour. It’s the best we could do. With the IPL starting [soon], we have a lot of players involved in the IPL. Their franchises are pretty ruthless when it comes to their player activity. They want their players there. It probably wasn’t the ideal timing,” he concluded.