Pakistan Cricket Board calls off its plans to host Afghanistan due to security
Pakistan Cricket Board has called off its plans to host the Afghanistan side in April following last Sunday's suicide bombing in the eastern city of Lahore which killed 70 people.
New Delhi: Pakistan Cricket Board has called off its plans to host the Afghanistan side in April following last Sunday's suicide bombing in the eastern city of Lahore which killed 70 people.
According to reports, PCB spokesman, Amjad Bhatti, said that it was in negotiations with officials of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, "but now the tour is called off due to overall security situation in the country."
The PCB was planning to host Afghanistan for three one-day internationals in Lahore and Karachi and also a four-day game against Pakistan A.
Meanwhile, Azizullah Fazly, the executive director of the Afghan cricket team, said Pakistan had been asked to guarantee the teams' safety for the tour.
He was miffed with the Pakistan cricket authorities and described their stance as "unacceptable".
"We gave them another option, to hold the championship in Dubai, which would be good because many people from both countries live there," he said. "But we haven't yet received any response."
No major foreign Test-playing nation has toured Pakistan since terrorists attacked the Sri Lanka cricket team bus in Lahore in 2009.
In 2015, Zimbabwe played a short one-day series in Lahore.
(With Agency inputs)