Pakistan’s newly appointed head coach and chief selector Misbah Ul Haq has urged cricket fraternity to help Pakistan revive international matches in Pakistan.
Not a lot of international teams have toured Pakistan since the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore back in 2009.
Misbah Ul Haq stressed upon other international teams to follow the footsteps of Sri Lanka cricket team who are currently in Pakistan to play three ODIs and as many T20Is.
Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, West Indies, and ICC World XI are the only four teams who have toured Pakistan in the last decade.
Zimbabwe, in 2015, became the first international team to travel to Pakistan since 2009. They were followed by West Indies, Sri Lanka, and ICC World XI.
Since that unfortunate incident, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has hosted all their “home series” in UAE.
The current Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan was shaken by the withdrawal of Ten Sri Lankan cricketers including their ODI and T20I skippers over security concerns. Sri Lanka cricket board decided to reassess the security situation in Pakistan and they deceived the green signal from their national security agencies.
Cricket World Needs To Do More: Misbah Ul Haq
The former test captain said that cricket world should take more steps to help Pakistan restore international cricket in Pakistan.
He quoted,” cricket world needs to do more, not only for Pakistan but for any country or nation where it is hit.”
Misbah Ul Haq who never captained any of his 56 tests in Pakistan has praised Sri Lanka cricket team saying that he knew it would have been a tough decision to tour Pakistan.
“Pakistan is a cricket-loving nation, and it will be an injustice to deprive them of international cricket. So I hope that the cricket fraternity will support us more and more” Misbah added.
Misbah said that he was confident that other cricket teams and their respective boards would be considering touring Pakistan after Sri Lanka. If it were not so, the survival of international cricket in Pakistan would be difficult.
Misbah Ul Haq said,” The boys who are playing their first ODI in Pakistan are excited about the match.”
Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Wahab Riaz, and Haris Sohail are the only players to feature in an ODI in Pakistan before.
Last time Pakistan faced Sri Lanka at National Stadium Karachi was back in 2009.
Both teams have played eight ODIs at this venue. Pakistan has won five, and Sri Lanka has won three.
The current Sri Lanka team is weekend by withdrawals, but they are certainly not giving up. Their ODI skipper, Lahiru Thirimanne said that they would play their best cricket to give a tough time to this strong Pakistani side.
Regarding the security situation in Pakistan, the stand-in skipper said that he was satisfied with the security arrangements made by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the visitors. He further added that his focus was on cricket rather than security concerns.