‘Neutral venue is no more an option for Pakistan’ clarifies Ehsan Mani


Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s chairman Ehsan Mani once again clarified that Pakistan will not play any home series at the neutral venue from now onwards.

In a presser at National Stadium Karachi (NSK) after a successful Sri Lanka Test tour, Mani gave a clear message to the world that Pakistan will not play home series at a neutral venue.

“Everything is fine here, we have hosted a series of international events in the country with high-profile security. Any team, who doesn’t want to come, should give clarifications to the International Cricket Council (ICC) about their refusal as security is no more concern now,” Mani stated.

While replying to Bangladesh’s refusal to play Test series in Pakistan, Mani said that their cricket board must have to put a solid reason behind their disinterest in touring Pakistan.

“We are very clear as I said Pakistan will not play any home series at a neutral venue. I think we have proved Pakistan a safe place to conduct international events. If they still think have reservations over anything, they have to prove it to ICC,” he said.

The PCB’s boss further gave an example of 425 foreign cricketers who had registered for PSL 5 draft, the event which will completely be played in Pakistan. “A total of 425 foreign cricketers registered themselves for PSL draft. All of them were agreed to play in Pakistan. What else do you want when a number of foreign cricketers feel safe playing in the country,” he added.

On the other hand, Mani talked about the team’s performance after a nightmare in Australia where Pakistan lost both Test and T20I series. “Things are getting better and we are trying to make them more comfortable for the future. The team won this historic Test series which surely has boosted the morale of the entire team,” Mani marked.