PCB hoping for int`l cricket`s return to Pakistan

Karachi: Exactly two years after the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan players made Pakistan a no-go zone for foreign teams, PCB is hoping that international cricket would return to the country with the Lankans and Zimbabwe showing interest in coming for tours.

"One thing is clear if international cricket is to return to Pakistan later this year it will be an Asian or African cricket board that will have to support us," an official of the cricket board said.

He said Pakistan was optimistic about the return of international cricket due to the positive signals from some countries but admitted that the end of the day it would all depend on what the security situation is in the country at that time.

"It is good to get signals from Sri Lankan officials about the possibility of them coming to Pakistan later this year to play their series of the future tours program," the official said.

A top official of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Nishantha Ranatunga, recently hinted that his country could be the first one to help bring international cricket back to Pakistan despite the horrors of the deadly terrorist attack in Lahore nearly two years ago.

Pakistan became a pariah in international cricket after the attack on the Sri Lankan team that occurred on March 3, 2009, in Lahore in which six Pakistani policemen and a van driver were killed while five visiting players were wounded.

According to Ranatunga, the secretary of SLC`s interim committee, Sri Lanka are likely to tour Pakistan later this year for a series of Tests and One-day Internationals and the officials are already in talks with the International Cricket Council`s Pakistan Task Team (PTT) to look at the possibilities.

"Sri Lanka Cricket will be pleased to honour our FTP (Future Tours Programme) commitment in Pakistan which is scheduled for October- November 2011, where they will play three Tests and five One-day Internationals," Ranatunga told a Sri Lankan newspaper.


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