Waqar Younis reckons Windies could open doors for more cricket in Pakistan
“The process of bringing international cricket in Pakistan had to be initiated and a message of peace needed to go out of the country. This series has sent a huge message worldwide,” he said.
Waqar hopes more countries might visit Pakistan –
Many onlookers had observed that Windies squad primarily contained only second-string players.
“The West Indian side was a bit weak. Everyone knew it. They had new faces in the side. Pakistan were a stronger team. Although, the matches weren’t that close or competitive but the crowd turned out and sent a message that Karachi is a very peaceful place. This will open a lot of doors,” he said.
But, Waqar believes the situation could change in the next couple of years.
Interestingly, the former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis also feels India might be touring the politically troubled country.
“Maybe in the next couple of years, it will be a different story hopefully. We may host a full series. Maybe India might come in the next couple of years’ time. To open the doors, this was perfect. We have had two to three series. We have had an ICC World XI tour Pakistan. Now West Indies have come. It [the normalisation] won’t take much time,” Waqar asserted.
The likes of Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder pulled out of the tour in the last moment.
“The reasons behind the other West Indian players not coming to Pakistan had other factors as well. Some were going for the IPL and the Cricket West Indies also have problems with its cricketers,” Waqar added.
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