ICC says Pakistan can host at their home but only on one condition
ICC Chief executive Dave Richardson has made it clear that Pakistan needs to improve the security in their country if they want to start playing back in their home.
After presenting the ICC Test mace to Pakistan captain Misbah-Ul-Haq at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday, Dave Richardson has called for better security to increase their chances of bringing back international cricket to Pakistan.
“I know there is lot of passion for cricket in Pakistan and that is why I always enjoy coming here. But only the security situation will decide when international cricket returns to Pakistan,” Richardson said.
Pakistan have been playing their home matches away from their nation after the 2009 terrorist attacks which took place in Lahore that saw an umpire and few visiting Sri Lankan players injure in the incident.
The security for the visiting cricket players in the country was questioned by other boards which eventually made the Pakistan Cricket Board to shift their home base to UAE as they have been playing in Sharjah and Dubai for the last seven years.
However, the team has managed an enormous progress over the period under captain Misbah-ul-Haq as they are now the No.1 test team in the world after their consistent performances over the last few years.
Pakistan have tried to gain some trust as they have invited lowly ranked teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Kenya over the last few years but no major cricket playing nation have so far toured the nation since 2009 incident.
Dave Richardson has expressed his hope of seeing Pakistan hosting matches in the future.
“It is a remarkable achievement for Pakistan because they have played all their matches away from home since last six years,” he said.
“I am sure international cricket will one day return to Pakistan as the Pakistan cricket board is also making untiring efforts to host matches.”
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