‘A tour to Pakistan is possible’ – Cricket Ireland chief executive

'A tour to Pakistan is possible' - Cricket Ireland chief executive

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said his country’s team will be open to playing international matches in Pakistan in the near future.

While talking to the media, Warren Deutrom confirmed that the board is considering the PCB’s request, and will make a final call after consulting with the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s and local security consultants.

“We’ve seen West Indies’ recent tour which went well”, said Deutrom.

On the successful PSL matches in Pakistan, he said, “We’ve also seen that some PSL matches were held in Lahore and Karachi and went off well”.

“Before taking any decision we will definitely discuss the situation with ICC security and take input from Pakistan itself, but I can see that in the near future, a tour to Pakistan is possible.” said by Warren Deutrom.

On the other hand, PCB chairman Najam Sethi insisted that a busy year ahead meant there was simply no room for a tour. “There is no such item for discussion on my Dublin trip agenda,” he told. “The fact is that Pakistan has no slot available outside our FTP for the next twelve months.”

Pakistan’s home season this year includes an Asia Cup in the UAE, tours by Australia and New Zealand and then the PSL. In between, they travel to South Africa.

A historic Test match between the two countries will be played in Dublin on Friday.