Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar Promises Foolproof Security to PCB for T20 Fixture
Pakistan’s Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar urged Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to organize a solitary Twenty20 International game in Karachi, as a part of the international cricket revival in the embattled nation while promising for a foolproof security for the international contest.
Wasim has also praised the efforts of Sri Lanka for expressing a desire to play in Pakistan after cricket was brought to a standstill.
“It is high time that the country’s largest city deserves to get at least one match in the upcoming series,” Wasim was quoted as saying by Dawn.
In 2015, Zimbabwe visited Pakistan for the five-match limited-overs series after cricket drought hit the country owing to the gruesome attack in Lahore on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.
It becomes pertinent that the Lankan team bus came under heavy firing when the players and officials were on the way to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on day three of the Test match.
“Once we host our Sri Lankan brothers, it will surely encourage other international teams to visit us in future,” Wasim added.
Being at the forefront to look after the largest metropolitan city, Wasim reiterated the management would give their best to conduct one of the matches of the 20-over format, in a bid to play the significant part on their side while being one of the pillars of the government set-up.
“This is a welcome sign that the drought of international cricket is finally ending,” Wasim maintained.
Interestingly in 2009, Karachi had been the host to an ODI and a solitary Test against the Lions in January and February, respectively and there on, the city hasn’t witnessed an international game at the Pakistan’s National Stadium.
While batting for Karachi for one of the T20I game, Wasim revealed Karachi has been an epicentre for the memorable games in the recent past, as he further praised the efforts of the country.
“Our sportsmanship has been praised by the rest of the world, and it is an open secret that international players felt proud to play in Karachi,” Wasim further added.
Seeing it as the good prospect, Wasim revealed Karachi should be awarded a game or so, to play the pivotal role in the process of bringing elite-level cricket back on Pakistan soil.
“Despite what happened in the past are helping us to revive the most popular sport in the country,” Wasim concluded.
Wasim’s statement came after Sri Lanka Cricket board’s press release revealed the visitors are eyeing to play one of the Twenty20 Internationals of three-match series in Lahore which is further subjected to security operations.
Sri Lanka is expected to play after SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala had shown keen interest to visit Pakistan during his speech at Asian Cricket Council’s meet in Colombo earlier this month.
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