Pakistan confident about hosting big tournaments after Windies thumbs up

By April 09, 2018
Stuart Law Stuart Law

Following a successful tour from the Windies, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is voicing confidence that it can host bigger international tournaments.

The Windies tour, conducted in Karachi, followed the successful staging of the Paskistan Super League final in that city, the biggest event since a 2009 attack on a Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

According to PCB chairman, Najam Sethi, the Paskistan Super League provides the opportunity to allow more and more international players to see the country as safe for cricket.

“We will host more PSL matches next year and by that time almost all the top international players from top cricketing nations will have played in Pakistan,” said Sethi.

The PCB Chairman believes the trajectory of more and more hosting of games means that by 2020, the country would be able to convince more international teams of playing in the country.

Sethi’s hope comes despite a number of non-starts, including a derailed return by Sri Lanka in 2011. That tour did not happen because of an attack on a naval base in Karachi, and a touring party from Ireland cancelled after militants attacked the Karachi Airport in 2014.

That confidence may come from a number of thumbs ups the country’s security procedures have been given, especially from Windies officials and players.

Late last year, former Windies captain Darren Sammy declared playing cricket in Pakistan totally safe, and Stuart Law, current coach of the regional team, lauded the security protocols in place.

"The security has been outstanding, we haven't seen any issues, any incidences and anything that may arise was communicated to us very well," said Law, during the tour.

"I'm not saying that (the West Indies tour) has open the floodgates and everyone come rushing back. Still people will have reservations, but from what I've seen here it's more than adequate, that's for sure."

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