Lahore (September 13, 2017): International Cricket Council Chief Executive Officer David Richardson announced the possibility of ICC tournaments being organised in Pakistan in the near future.
Speaking at a press conference along with Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi, Richardson said: “if things go like this then ICC events can be played in Pakistan.”
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The ICC chief said that the security teams are satisfied with the arrangements here.
The ICC chief said that the security teams are satisfied with the arrangements here, adding that the security situation in Pakistan has improved. “PCB, Pakistan’s security agencies deserve praise,” he said.“I think the next step is to grow and improve the capability in cities outside Lahore and build the confidence in teams like Australia and England to visit Pakistan, in fact all the cricket teams.” the ICC CEO said.
Responding over a question, Richardson said it is a wrong perception that ICC favours India more than Pakistan.
“India is a very powerful cricketing country so it has a very strong voice at the ICC. But the fact remains that we have 12 members, and India doesn’t have any more voice than any other member.”
Earlier Talking to Media, Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board,Najam Sethi said that World XI will again visit Pakistan in year 2018 and 2019 to help promote international cricket in the country.
The visit of World XI has paved way for international cricket to Pakistan and apart from the visit of other foreign teams the World XI will also undertake visits of Pakistan in the successive years 2018 and 2019,he told media.
“When next time the World XI tour Pakistan, it will have the services of top more most cricketers of the globe which will make the foreign team more stronger”,he asserted.Chairman PCB said after the three match Independence Cup series between World XI and Pakistan, Sri Lankan and the West Indies teams will be visiting Pakistan to play T20 matches.
“PCB is striving for the cause of return of international cricket to Pakistan and we are delighted that our efforts finally bore fruit and doors of international cricket have been opened to Pakistan with the visit of World XI”, said Najam Sathi.
He termed the successful holding of the Pakistan Super League final earlier this year ‘the game changer’ for cricket in Pakistan and said it helped in changing perception regarding Pakistan cricket in the world.
“After the tour of World XI things will be improve as far as security and other issues are concerned and foreign teams will be coming to Pakistan to play international cricket”,said PCB Chief.
“Definitely the successful holding of World XI tour will send a positive message to the world as seeing is believing and people connected with the games have seen that Pakistan organised the PSL final in a very good way.Now we are heading towards the successful tour of World XI and these are good achievements on part of PCB to break the dead lock of international cricket in the country”,he added.
“Now if someone wants to propagate against Pakistan cricket,no one is going to believe such negative campaign against a country in which a world XI is playing”,he said.
Chairman PCB said apart from the efforts and contribution of the government and the concerned departments, the credit to make the World XI tour a success goes to the people of Pakistan who prayed a lot for the happening of the tour of World XI.
He said PCB will soon hold discussions with the cricket playing countries for sending their teams to Pakistan to continue its efforts for the cause of international cricket in Pakistan.
To a question, he said the matches of the Pakistan Super League will also be organised in Karachi and international cricket matches will also be staged in the port city to bring international cricket there after establishing the faith and confidence of foreign players and teams.