Will Be a ‘Great Moment’ to Commentate In Pakistan, Reveals Dean Jones
The former Australia cricketer turned TV commentator and current head coach of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United, Dean Jones has expressed his willingness to travel to Pakistan, in a bid to commentate during the proposed Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.
“I am ready to visit Lahore again as a commentator if Sri Lanka comes to play T20,” Jones was quoted as saying by Dawn.
The ex-Australia batsman Jones is excited that world cricket governing body, ICC has taken the initiative in a bid to open the doors for International cricket in cricket starved country like Pakistan, as the World XI will be playing a three-match series in the second week of September.
Jones says he is very happy to learn that a World XI team and the Sri Lankan side will tour Pakistan this year, and has stated that he is ready to visit Pakistan as a commentator for the series.
“It will be a great moment,” Jones added.
The 56-year-old Melbourne-born Jones revealed he is happy for the Pakistan cricket, as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has also agreed to send their national team to Pakistan for the shorter version of the game.
“I felt so happy after hearing the news of Sri Lankan team’s tour to Pakistan,” Jones maintained.
As Pakistan has been working hard to bring cricket back to the country, the former Kangaroos top-order batsman Jones believes the success of both the series would witness the elite-level cricket returning to Pakistan on a regular basis.
“I am hopeful that if all goes well, it will open the door for the revival of international cricket in Pakistan,” Jones remarked.
Since the first edition of PSL kicked off in style in the United Arab Emirates last year, the Islamabad United roped in Jones as a coach, as Misbah-Ul-Haq-led the side in both the successful editions so far of the professional leg.
Jones remarked the two teams would bridge the gap for Pakistan and to boost their domestic level set-up during the concurrent phase owing to the security assessments which has been keenly observed by the security experts of the respective boards.
“These two team tours are very important for Pakistan cricket,” Jones remarked.
After the maiden Champions Trophy triumph in June against arch-rivals India, this year, the home series for Sarfraz Ahmed-led side would bring something new on the platter for Pakistan.
“It will be a great boost for Pakistan cricket after the Champions Trophy triumph,” Jones concluded.
As the 2009 gruesome attack left as many as eight dead in Lahore, and which further saw several Sri Lankan players receiving the minor bullet injuries before the cricket was brought to a standstill in Pakistan.
In March 2015, the five One-day Internationals matches were played between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium. After the unfortunate incident, Pakistan adopted the United Arab Emirates as a second home in 2009, before it eventually became their fortress, in the longer version of the game.
Earlier, in March this year, Pakistan had also hosted the grand finale of the second edition of PSL in Lahore under the tight security.
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