The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi is quite assertive as he thinks that Pakistan and India can face off each other in a short bilateral series after the Indian Premier League (IPL) this summer. “As the IPL committee has resolved to host half of the IPL matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it is a good significance for us as we can also play India in UAE if India don’t want to tour Pakistan.” Sethi told Pakistani reporters in Dhaka on Sunday.
Sethi is now in Dhaka, he wants to play with the board officials of other nations, including from India as well watching the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. Pakistan is not starting to meet any international cricket after the World Twenty20 till October of this year, and then there is a huge slot empty and India can play a bilateral series if they want to.
All the other cricket playing countries have refused to tour Pakistan because of safety reasons since 2009, the PCB chief has admitted that because of this the board is going through immense economical suffering as they have lost of the annual net income of around $10 million every year. PCB chief said that they were looking for the ways to get rid of this state of affairs and to improve the fiscal health of the Board. “We are running fast track on taking in the Super League T20 soon, even if we deliver to organize it in the UAE because this is one way of bettering our financial wellness,” Sethi added.
Once PCB had decided to organize Pakistan Premier League in 2013 and incorporated some players by signing them up, simply abandoned the plan later as the boards declined to allow their players to involve in such a tournament in Pakistan. In this position, the board is intending to shift the tournament in UAE. “Caved in the current situation, it seems like we will have to retain the Super League in the UAE, and we would wish to have the semifinals and final at Lahore,” Sethi said.
The PCB chief said talks were also agreeing with other panels to not only organize some tours, but also to update them on players required for the Super League.
No Test team has visited Pakistan since March 2009, when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in which at least six Pakistani policemen and a van driver were killed and some of the visiting players were wounded.