Cricket in Pakistan is all set to begin as Sri Lanka has decided to go to Pakistan and play a T20 in Lahore. However, the Sri Lankan players have shown some resistance to travel to the terror struck country despite the recent successful World XI tour. The rest of the series is being played in the UAE where Pakistan has hosted all the matches after the terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.
Since the attacks in 2009, no Test playing nation has gone to Pakistan because of security concerns in the terror-struck nation. Only Zimbabwe and Afghanistan have been there and played a limited over’s series. But it looks like cricket in the country is back as Sri Lanka will play a three-match T20 series, with the third T20 to be played in Lahore.
However, former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi believes that the Pakistan Cricket Board should arrange more matches in Multan and Karachi too along with Lahore to revive cricket in the country. In September, ICC organized a World XI tour for a three-match T20 series. All the matches were played in Lahore.
“We should also host matches in Multan and Karachi, we should send a message that whole of Pakistan is safe and it will be good.”
Afridi also said he didn’t want to captain Karachi Kings, his new PSL side.
“I want to play as a player and do not want to lead Karachi Kings.”
Afridi played for Peshawar Zalmi in the first two editions of the PSL, the last of which was won by his team.
Afridi has been a great pioneer for Pakistan cricket for over two decades now and has always been in favour of reviving cricket in his country. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are currently sweating it out in the One Day Series in the UAE. Pakistan won the first One Day by 83 runs. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, won the Test series 2-0. This was the first time Pakistan lost a series in the UAE.