After practically a decade of internet hosting no home Test matches because of a terrorist assault on a rival staff’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 hugely in terms of building relationships, nurturing those relationships with (other) cricket boards,” Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said.
South Africa is due to visit Pakistan in January to play a two-Test series which is part of World Test Championship, followed by three T20Is.
New Zealand is penciled in for three ODIs and five Twenty20s in September, followed by two Twenty20s against England at Karachi. It will be England’s first tour to Pakistan since 2005.
The PCB has also plans a home series against West Indies in December.
“We have a chock-a-block eight to 10 months developing for us on the street taking part in at home,” Khan stated. “We’re also in discussions with Cricket Australia. They’re due to be touring during the 2022 season, we’re looking at them coming for an extended period of time.”
When Sri Lanka’s staff bus got here beneath a terrorist assault in March 2009, the doorways of worldwide cricket remained shut on Pakistan till Zimbabwe grew to become the primary test-playing nation to play limited-overs sequence at Lahore in 2015.
A bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricketers, half of a bigger convoy, was fired upon by 12 gunmen close to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The cricketers have been on their approach to play the third day of the second check in opposition to Pakistan.
Six Pakistan cops and two civilians have been killed and 6 members of the Sri Lanka staff have been wounded. The remainder of the check match and tour was referred to as off.
Test 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 check match earlier than its second check was referred to as off because of COVID-19.
Pakistan hosted Zimbabwe for a limited-overs sequence lately. – AP Photo
In between the Zimbabwe and Bangladesh excursions, a franchise-based home Twenty20 league – the Pakistan Super League – performed an enormous function in urgent Pakistan’s claims to host worldwide video games.
Players like Shane Watson of Australia and South Africans Dale Steyn and Faf du Plessis have been amongst some large names that toured Pakistan and have performed for numerous city-based franchise groups. Khan believes these gamers had a big function in portraying Pakistan’s enhancing picture amongst cricket-playing nations.
“A lot of these players go back to their own countries and say, you know what? Pakistan is one of the safest places to play,” Khan said. “These are those cricketers who are associated with their own cricket boards, who are international cricketers, who perhaps had a (different) perception of Pakistan before they came here.”
Tight security with cricket team buses heavily guarded by armed personnel is quite normal in Pakistan whenever overseas contingents travel to the stadium from hotels, often blocking already heavy traffic on major roads of big cities like Lahore and Karachi.
“Yes, we’ll proceed to supply state-level safety for so long as doable, we’ll by no means develop into complacent,” Khan stated.
Khan additionally desires to arrange a limited-overs sequence in opposition to 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 staff this week.
“We will do everything we can to find a slot in the calendar to arrange fixtures against Afghanistan,” Wasim Khan said.
While Khan has managed to liaise with almost all the cricketing boards around the world since he joined the PCB last year, he doesn’t expect a resumption of the Pakistan-India cricket rivalry anytime soon.
Political tensions between India and Pakistan, especially over a long-standing territorial dispute in the Kashmir region, have seen both countries playing against each other only in major international tournaments like Champions Trophy and World Cups.
“Should we be taking part in India? Absolutely,” Khan stated. “Could we be playing them? Probably not for the foreseeable future.”