Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are putting the best of their efforts to bring international cricket back to the country. This is the reason which saw World XI tour Pakistan and plays three T20Is against the Pakistan national team at Gadaffi Stadium earlier this month.
Many believe that the success of the event would help Pakistan to stand a chance of asking member boards to tour the terror-ridden country after almost a decade. The cricket in the country was stopped after the terror attacks on Sri Lankan players back in 2008.
However, with Pakistan’s ability to host international games once again with excellent security might pave the way for more international cricket shortly. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes the efforts made by PCB over the past few months should ensure BCCI in sending Indian cricket team to Pakistan.
Speaking in an interview, Sarfraz Ahmed said:
“PCB deserves praise and congratulations along with the [security] agencies and forces for reviving international cricket in Pakistan.”
“I am sure the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) will consider sending the Indian team here [after the Independence Cup]. Their players are interested in playing here as well,” he added.
The 30-year old has recently become the captain of the side across all formats and had already led Pakistan to Champions Trophy glory in the summer after beating India in the finals.
Pakistan are set to play Sri Lanka in their neutral venue UAE, and the final T20I between the sides will be hosted in Lahore, which seems to be the next step in getting cricket back to Pakistan.
The selection committee has announced a 16 member squad for the two tests against Sri Lanka which will begin on September 28. The squad is as follows:
Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz
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