Sethi Pushes to Bring Cricket to Pakistan
Pakistan Cricket Board’s newly elected chairman Najam Sethi wants to bring international cricket back to Pakistan as early as next month.
Sethi said he will do his utmost to ensure the Pakistan team plays its home matches in the country instead of its adopted home in the UAE.
Efforts are already on to bring Sri Lanka in to Pakistan for at least one T20 game with the rest of the matches on their tour to be played in the UAE and now reports have trickled in that West Indies could be next in line to tour Pakistan for a T20 series.
It was the attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009 that had stalled international cricket in Pakistan all those years ago and now efforts are on to convince the Sri Lanka Cricket to send their team to the country again.
The PCB chairman also revealed the ICC has decided to support Pakistan’s return to cricket by hiring a new security company in a bid to bring the sport back to the country.
This security company could visit Pakistan over the next one month or so to gauge the situation and try and enhance it.
It’s a step by the ICC for the revival of international cricket in Pakistan. The company is based in three countries – the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates – and has a good repute.
A representative of the Federation of International Cricketers (FICA) will accompany the security company to personally monitor the security situation in Lahore.
The expenses for that four-day visit will be borne by the ICC, who are paying them $400,000 for each of the visits.
Darren Sammy, who had featured in the Peshawar Zalmi side during the PSL Final at Lahore earlier this year, might skipper the team while other international players could sign up to make it to the squad.
Regarding the series against West Indies, the PCB said in a press release:
“Cricket West Indies and Pakistan Cricket Board are advancing discussions that will see the West Indies team play the T20 matches with Pakistan in Lahore in late November,” said a statement released by the PCB.
A crucial month awaits Pakistan cricket.