Top teams to tour Pakistan next year: Shaharyar Khan
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan on Monday said he expects that teams belonging to World Top 10 will start visiting Pakistan after lower ranked teams are hosted later this year.
“We will invite and host teams like Nepal and Netherlands this year. Hopefully by next year we will see teams belonging to World Top 10 visiting Pakistan,” Shaharyar told media.
Shaharyar, who recently attended ICC Board meeting in Dubai, said that he presented Pakistan’s case and asserted that international cricket should return to Pakistan, which has cricket fans in great numbers.
“I also highlighted that last year we hosted Afghanistan and Kenya.”
“Officials of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have assured us that they will send their teams by next year and have asked us to invite and host lower tier teams first. So we will try to host teams like Nepal and Netherlands this year,” he added.
Shaharyar said within next four to five years, all top international teams would tour Pakistan.
He added that facilities for accommodation at National Stadium in Karachi and at other cities would also be established so that the distance between visiting teams’ hotels and grounds could be reduced and 100 per cent security for visiting teams could be assured.
In 2009, Sri Lankan cricket team came under terrorist attack while travelling from their hotel to the ground in Lahore.
He further said ICC Board counted Pakistan cricket team among the best in conduct and for on and off field behavior.
“We also took initiative to improve bilateral cricket ties with India. I told them (Indian officials) that cricket and politics shouldn’t be mixed. Although the officials concurred that cricket and politics must not be mixed but added that they were constrained to consider sensitivity of the government,” he said.
Shaharyar said that ICC’s revenue have increased and when it would be calculated in June, the actual figures would be known. “Every member will get a pie from the increased revenue.”
Shaharyar further said that PCB never fast-tracked disgraced pacer Mohammad Amir and ICC cleared him since he showed remorse for his mistakes and fully co-operated with ICC anti-corruption unit.
“Moreover, he would be completing his punishment soon and that is the reason he has been allowed for domestic cricket,” Shaharyar said.