KARACHI: The Asian Bradman, Zaheer Abbas said on Sunday that it will take time before international cricket returns to Pakistan.
The former Pakistan skipper and the current President of the ICC told that the security situation in the country is improving, but, still the international players are not ready to play here.
Quetta Gladiators’ owner Nadeem Umar honored the legendary batsman with a gold medal and a shield for his priceless contribution in Pakistan cricket, Zaheer Abbas talked to media after the event, “I believe unless everything returns to normalcy, we shall not be able to watch international cricket in Pakistan in the near future. But we should not lose hope because there will be a day when our people will see their stars play in front of home crowds.”
“Who does not want to see our cricketers play in front of home crowd? Perhaps, we all do. But the atmosphere needs to be ideal as well for that to become a reality,” he added. “The West Indies were ready to tour Pakistan later this year but after another spree of killings, they have opted to play at neutral venue,” he claimed.
Pakistan has not hosted a major international cricket team since Sri Lankan side was attacked by terrorists in 2009 in Lahore.
Zaheer Abbas’ year long tenure as the ICC President is to end in the next board meeting, however, he is proud of his status in the ICC, “It is a position I have been proud to hold on behalf of all Pakistanis. Being the president was indeed a great honour for me as well as the country.”