In the recent cricket boom in Pakistan, the previously sabotaged security reputation still barricades several international teams. While the Sri Lankan cricket team has as always shown true sportsman spirit, recently Bangladesh has refused to play cricket in Pakistan. Regarding the official release, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s Chief Executive Officer Wasim Khan has downed the offer to play Tests in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
PCB CEO Wasim Khan says that Pakistan won’t play Test matches in UAE!
Well, in the recent two-match Test series against Sri Lanka, the Pakistan cricket team’s poor performance created an uproar on the internet. But cricketer Abid Ali became the first-ever cricketer to score a century in Test and ODI debut. Talking of cricket teams touring Pakistan, recently, PCB’s Chief Executive Officer Wasim Khan revealed that Pakistan will not play any test matches in UAE.
Since the Sri Lankan cricket team’s recent Pakistan tours have been going smoothly, Wasim Khan wants to keep it going. Speaking in an official presser, the PCB CEO stated, “We have had a round of correspondence with them [the BCB] and they are happy to play three T20Is in Pakistan but they are slightly reluctant to play two Tests”.
“I have written back to them, being very strong in my response, and asked the reason why!”
Earlier this week, on Wednesday, PCB’s CEO Wasim Khan talked about Bangladesh’s response to a press conference. Sharing his immediate reply, he said, “I have written back to them, being very strong in my response, and asked the reason why. We have our security plans signed off by ICC and it has been signed off for a while now“.
Expressing his satisfaction on Sri Lanka’s safe tour to Pakistan, Wasim Khan reiterated his ‘strong’ response to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Speaking of Sri Lanka’s tour, the PCB CEO expressed, “Sri Lanka is competing in their series here [Pakistan] and everything went very safely with all security provisions in place. So, we are asking Bangladesh what is the reason for you not wanting to come”.
MCC and Cricket Australia to visit Pakistan in the next two years!
Apparently, it might only be the Bangladesh team to not agreeing on playing in Pakistan as others are showing interest. Earlier this week, the Marleybone Cricket Club (MCC) released an official press release regarding their upcoming Pakistan tour. Moreover, there are strong possibilities of the South African cricket team playing a T20I series in Pakistan by the end of March.
Particularly, the good hint was also given by PCB CEO Wasim Khan while talking in his last press conference. As the recent Pakistan VS Sri Lanka Tets series brought cricket home after 10 years, the ‘expected’ tours will also boost others’ confidence. Fortunately, PCB and Cricket Australia have even signed off two instead of three test matches in Pakistan after 2 years in 2022.
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