At a time when Pakistan are trying desperately to convince big teams to visit them for series, terrorists might have just made things tougher for them. Terrorism has once again come back to haunt Pakistan cricket as several terrorists sabotaged the final of a local tournament on Thursday. The incident took place when the final of the Amn Cricket tournament at the Dradar Mamazai area at Orakzai District in Kohat Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was underway.
As per reports, a large number of spectators, including political workers and media persons had gathered at the Chanay Ground to watch the final match of the Amn Cricket tournament. But their hopes of seeing a good finale soon turned into a nightmare. According to Pakistani news outlet The News, as soon as the game started, the terrorists opened indiscriminate firing on the playground from the nearby hills.
But fortunately, the players, spectators and journalists, managed to save their lives by fleeing the scene. The report further quoted a spectator as saying that the firing was so intense, the organisers had no option but to end the game. All ran for cover when the firing started from the nearby hills, he added. Fortunately, there was no loss of life or injury after the deadly firing from the terrorists.
Impact of terrorism on Pakistan cricket:
Pakistan cricket have paid a big price because of terrorism. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suffered huge loss of revenues, losing millions in the last one decade because of the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.
In the wake of the incident, all the international teams had decided against touring to Pakistan. Consequently, Pakistan had to shift bases for their home games. The country also lost the joint hosting rights of the 2011 World Cup. Pakistan were to host the World Cup along with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
But in recent years, things have started improving for Pakistan. Earlier this year, Bangladesh visited them for a bilateral series while the PSL was also held in the country. The likes of West Indies and Sri Lanka have also visited Pakistan in recent years.