One can do nothing but just sympathize with Pakistani cricket fans. The nation has been deprived of international cricket for a fairly long time as geopolitical factors have taken their toll on the game in Pakistan. The last test series to be held in Pakistan was way back in 2009, which was cut short due to a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team.
Since then, the Pakistanis have played most of their “home” games in neutral venues such as UAE, Sri Lanka, England . With hosting costs in the UAE sky high, the PCB is now looking out for an alternative home venue. As per sources in the board, Sri Lanka could double up as Pakistan’s home venue.
In his interaction with BBC, PCB Executive Committee Chairman Najam Sethi said that the board was looking out for an alternative nation as Pakistan’s “home” venue. “PCB is not generating enough revenue from its home series therefore we are looking at the option of hosting West Indies in Sri Lanka. The board is doing its homework in this regard,” Sethi said. “We need to see whether the grounds will be available on the Island and also if the weather will suit us.”
Sethi also hinted that the final of the next edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) could be played in Lahore itself. Sethi said that he would definitely put a request in front of the players to consider playing the final in Lahore.
“We want to have final of the next PSL in Pakistan and we will propose it to the players. We’ll ask them if they can play the final in Lahore,” Sethi said. “PCB is ready if the players want more lucrative deals to play in Lahore.”