No intl cricket in Pakistan before ICC World Cup: Mani

Karachi: Former International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani does not see international cricket returning to Pakistan before next year`s ICC World Cup.

Mani welcomed the move by the Pakistan Cricket Board to finally send the report of the inquiry into the attack on the Sri Lankan team last year in Lahore to the ICC but said it`s impact would not be immediate for Pakistan cricket.

"Nothing will happen before the World Cup next year that is for sure," Mani said.

"It is good the PCB has finally sent the report but it would be wrong to think this will help in bringing about a rapid change in the perspective the cricketing fraternity has about the security situation in Pakistan," Mani told reporters.

Mani, who had offered to assist and help the PCB in any capacity to help in the restoration of international cricket in the country, said that the ICC and its security experts would first go through the entire report before making any decision.

"Obviously there were loopholes in the security provided to the Sri Lankan team and that will be looked into and take some time but definitely the report will help the ICC security experts in recommending a security strategy for the future of cricket in Pakistan including tours by foreign teams," Mani said.

Asked about the statement by Giles Clarke, the Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, on plans to send an ICC World XI to play in Pakistan, Mani said that would also happen next year.

He said former Pakistan captain, Majid Khan, who was on the ICC special task force for Pakistan cricket, had played a major role in convincing the task force members to revive international cricket in the trouble-torn country.

"Majid made some concrete proposals in the special task force and was doing his best to see international cricket returns to Pakistan."


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