After canceling two tours, PCB had contacted some boards to organize an international series at home ahead of the T20 World Cup, but now it has decided to organize a national event.
Published: September 24, 2021 7:47 PM |
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KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not consider holding its home series in neutral locations from now on, a senior official said on Friday, assuring that the country is safe to host international games .
New Zealand arrived in Pakistan for the first time since 2005 but left without playing a single game, citing a security threat.
England also decided to cancel its tour to Pakistan as it was for the good the player had in mind.
« This is no longer in the equation because the security situation in Pakistan is normal and we have everything to host an international team. No more neutral venues for us, » said a PCB – Official.
After the cancellation of the two tours, the PCB had reached out to some boards to have an international series at home ahead of the T20 World Cup, but now it has decided to organize a national event.
« Initial discussions were held with some boards including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, but then it was decided to focus on the National T20 Championship as all the main players are available for the event and it is for us now The curtain is on the World Cup, ”the official said. He said the Sri Lankan players would hold a training camp in Oman ahead of their World Cup qualifiers from October 17 as they qualify for the Super 12 stage « Bangladesh has agreed to send a B-Team and Zimbabwe was also ready to come, but after discussions we decided that due to the shortage of time it would be better to focus on the domestic event » he said.
The official said the cancellation of the home series against New Zealand and England was a huge setback for the country but it was encouraging to see the cricket world catch up with Pakistani cricket sympathize.
« Almost everyone believes that Pakistani cricket has been badly treated and deserves to have a real international cricket. »
The board now plans to bring the World Cup squad and reserves into the a little earlier UAE so that they can settle in properly after their quarantine periods are over.
When asked about the tours of the West Indies and Australia, the officer said the board had contacted them.
« We know they The situation after the departure of New Zealand and England is not perfect, but we can take the best security precautions to ensure that the tours are satisfied. We are now prepared for any situation, « he said.
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