‘We’ve got a chock-a-block eight to 10 months developing for us on the street taking part in at residence,’ says Wasim Khan
After practically a decade of internet hosting no residence Take a look at matches on account of a terrorist assault on a rival crew’s bus in 2009, Pakistan says it’s able to welcome main cricketing nations like South Africa, New Zealand, England and West Indies in 2021.
“We’re working massively by way of constructing relationships, nurturing these relationships with (different) cricket boards,” Wasim Khan, chief govt of the Pakistan Cricket Board, instructed The Related Press.
South Africa is because of go to Pakistan in January to play a two-Take a look at collection which is a part of World Take a look at Championship, adopted by three Twenty20s.
New Zealand is penciled in for 3 ODIs and 5 Twenty20s in September, adopted by two Twenty20s towards England at Karachi. It will likely be England’s first tour to Pakistan since 2005.
The PCB additionally plans a house collection towards West Indies in December.
“We’ve got a chock-a-block eight to 10 months developing for us on the street taking part in at residence,” Khan stated.
“We’re additionally in discussions with Cricket Australia. They’re on account of be touring in the course of the 2022 season, we’re taking a look at them coming for an prolonged time frame.”
When Sri Lanka’s crew bus got here beneath a terrorist assault in March 2009, the doorways of worldwide cricket remained shut on Pakistan till Zimbabwe turned the primary Take a look at-playing nation to play limited-overs collection, at Lahore in 2015.
Take a look at cricket solely returned to Pakistan late final 12 months when Sri Lanka performed two five-day video games at Rawalpindi and Karachi. Bangladesh additionally performed a Take a look at match earlier than its second Take a look at was known as off on account of COVID-19.
In between the Zimbabwe and Bangladesh excursions, a franchise-based home Twenty20 league — the Pakistan Tremendous League — performed an enormous position in urgent Pakistan’s claims to host worldwide video games.
Gamers like Shane Watson of Australia and South Africans Dale Steyn and A.B. de Villiers had been amongst some huge names that toured Pakistan and have performed for numerous city-based franchise groups.
Suggestions from international gamers
Khan believes these gamers had a big position in portraying Pakistan’s enhancing picture amongst cricket-playing nations.
“A whole lot of these gamers return to their very own nations and say, you understand what? Pakistan is among the most secure locations to play,” Khan stated.
“These are these cricketers who’re related to their very own cricket boards, who’re worldwide cricketers, who maybe had a (completely different) notion of Pakistan earlier than they got here right here.”
Tight safety with cricket crew buses closely guarded by armed personnel is kind of regular in Pakistan each time abroad contingents journey to the stadium from lodges, usually blocking already heavy visitors on main roads of huge cities like Lahore and Karachi.
“Sure, we’ll proceed to supply State-level safety for so long as doable, we’ll by no means turn into complacent,” Khan stated.
Plans for Afghanistan
Khan additionally needs to arrange a limited-overs collection towards neighboring Afghanistan someplace subsequent 12 months, after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former cricket captain for the nation, visited Kabul and prolonged an invite to Afghan nationwide crew this week.
“We’ll do the whole lot we will to discover a slot within the calendar to rearrange fixtures towards Afghanistan,” Khan stated.
Whereas Khan has managed to liaise with virtually all of the cricketing boards world wide since he joined the PCB final 12 months, he doesn’t count on a resumption of the Pakistan-India cricket rivalry anytime quickly.
Political tensions between India and Pakistan, particularly over a long-standing territorial dispute within the Kashmir area, have seen each nations taking part in towards one another solely in main worldwide tournaments like Champions Trophy and World Cups.
“Ought to we be taking part in India? Completely,” Khan stated. “Might we be taking part in them? In all probability not for the foreseeable future.”