Shahryar denies Zimbabwe team were bribed into touring Pakistan
Zimbabwe became the first test-playing side to tour Pakistan after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan squad in 2009 and it was rumored that the African players were given $12,500 each to be to visit the country.
Shahryar Khan, in an interview to cricket.com.au, stated that a it was a one sided deal and the board will not pay every country which plays in Pakistan “It was just a one-time deal. It does not mean that we will be paying every team which tours Pakistan.”
He said that Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan was an exception and he was thankful to them for playing in the terror-hit country.
The PCB chairman said that Pakistan will tour Zimbabwe in August.
Khan claimed that the Zimbabwe players told him they had not received such a welcome anywhere in the world before. He added that the ODI and Twenty20 series was played in a good environment which also shrugged off the security concerns.
He added that PCB is in talks with Sri Lanka for hosting them and said that it was likely that the island state will play in the country after the statements issued by the chief of Sri Lanka cricket Sidarth Wettimuny.