LAHORE: International Cricket Council Chief Executive David Richardson has expressed the hope that Pakistan will be allocated an ICC approved event in a couple of years as security situation has improved a lot in the country.
"It will be a gradual process to bring back international cricket and the ICC events in Pakistan , first efforts will be made to bring matches of the Pakistan super league to Pakistan then foreign teams will visit and ICC will also be allocating ICC events to Pakistan," he told a media at a news conference along with Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi here on Wednesday at Gadaffi stadium.
ICC official said Pakistan has enhanced its capabilities in security in past two years and successfully organised the final of the Pakistan Super League which proved the turning point for bringing back international cricket to Pakistan.
"Pakistan Government, its security agencies and the PCB put in tremendous efforts for a collective cause of resumption of international cricket and ICC duly supported and acknowledged these efforts and sent its World XI to the country ",he said.
David Richardson was of the view that bringing back international cricket to Pakistan was not that easy and PCB worked hard in this regard and held the PSL final in safe manner which broke the ice and changed the perception about Pakistan.
"ICC will be extending help to Pakistan for the return of international cricket and it will be persuading the other cricket playing nations to visit Pakistan in due course of time ", said the ICC official. He pointed out that PCB was making solid efforts to build its capabilities for hosting international cricket events in a safe manner ensuring adequate security for the visiting teams.
"Security is world wide concern ,many countries and sports have been suffered due to it and collective efforts are needed to help our member countries which are facing this problem and ICC is also helping Pakistan to get out of this situation and approved sending its World XI to Pakistan, " he added. - SAMAA/AGENCIES
Story first published: 13th September 2017