President of Malaysia Cricket Association (MCA), Mahinda Valliparam is now looking at the possible return to International cricket by hosting Pakistan cricket, PSL matches and some women’s cricket tournaments.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) lynchpin, Najam Sethi recently paid a visit to the so-called Sharjah of the East, which hosted various U19 World Cups during 2008-12.
The possibility of Malaysia playing host to Pakistan cricket was discussed in the meeting and to scope the cricket infrastructure in the Associate nation.
“We certainly would like to host events here. We are open to hosting as we have venues and other required infrastructure. It (the PCB’s visit) was an opportunity to discuss how Malaysia can be a venue for Pakistan,” MCA President Mahinda Valliparam told Cricbuzz.
Further, Valliparam intends to host Australia and New Zealand apart from the PSL matches. Pakistan seeks assistance from associates such as UAE and Qatar to host their matches.
This time around, the playoffs were hosted at the iconic Karachi stadium as well as the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, in their bid to revive International cricket in the country.
“It would be great to host Australia and New Zealand, two great cricketing countries. We would love to host Pakistan in some way, perhaps even matches in the PSL or women’s cricket,” added the MCA president.
Malaysia is especially convenient for time zones: MCA President
“We have shown we can host international matches. I think we have a very stable environment. We have lights at Kinrara Oval, which could host a day-night Test. Malaysia is an ideal destination as we have good hotels, transport and logistics,” continued the cricket chief in Malaysia.
Also, Valliparam stressed on the fact the South-Eastern country falls in perfectly according to the Time Zones, which would affect the viewerships in all cricketing nations.
“Malaysia is especially convenient for time zones,” he added. “We are only a few hours ahead of the sub-continent, Australia is only two-three hours (eastern time) ahead, and the UK is only six-seven hours difference,” concluded Valliparam.