Pakistan Cricket is facing tough times in recent days even as international cricket was back in the country after 6 years. The Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) has advised the players of Pakistan to form a players association in the country.
The FICA said that it was unfortunate to see that the Pakistan players have not already made an organization for them and said that they will benefit from it. The Executive Chairman of FICA Tony Irish said that many cricketing nations have their own players association and that Pakistan must also form one so as to represent them and fight for their rights. He also added that though there is no association, and that the players will still get benefits from the FICA though they are not linked with them.
But Shariyar Khan, the PCB Chairman, was clearly upset by the stance taken by the FICA in the Zimbabwe tour to Pakistan. The FICA advised Zimbabwe not to tour the nation due to security issues.
However, Irish explained that they sympathize the situation that the PCB is in not being able to host International cricket. But he said that the reality of the situation is that Pakistan is still not safe for touring teams. He said that Zimbabwe should not have gone and pointed out the suicide bombing incident in between the tour to emphasize his point.
Federal Minister for Information, Pervez Rasheed said that the security forces at the stadium stopped a suicide bomber from getting into the stadium and that he set himself off a kilometer away from the venue.
However Irish explained that he understands the care taken by the Pakistan security forces to null any trouble to the players. But he was unhappy that the PCB or the Zimbabwe cricket board failed to consult the FICA. He said that he couldn’t send delegates from his side to check the security and that he has to rely on the information sent by his security experts.