Pakistan Cricket Board has bought four bulletproof buses to provide better security to the visiting as well as the national team.
The originator of the idea was PCB’s ex-chairman, Zaka Ashraf in 2012, however, the proposal got a nod last year and now it is actually implemented.
Pakistan has been striving to bring back the international cricket back in the country since Sri Lankan team was attacked by terrorist in 2009 in Lahore when they were heading towards Gaddafi Stadium for the test match.
Since then, Pakistan is playing their home series in the UAE and managed to host just Zimbabwe in 2015 for a short tour, it was like a festival in the whole country.
A PCB spokesperson told ESPNCricinfo, “We have bought these four coaster buses as part of our efforts to revive international cricket in the country,” he added, “There will be high expectations from teams willing to visit Pakistan and we want to ensure that we provide them with the best possible arrangements. Having these bulletproof vehicles would play a major part in convincing teams [about security arrangements].”
The acquirement of bulletproof buses will strengthen the security provided to foreign teams. The delay in the purchase of these buses caused due to change in leadership of the board.
Najam Sethi once again put the issue in focus last year and hence, PCB has finally bought them,
“We are actually planning to host the PSL final in Lahore, but this requires us to convince overseas players to come. We have to have discussions with the players about their safety and security and I think this new addition in our security facilities will definitely give us an edge. Our ultimate goal is to revive international cricket, and we are doing our best to make sure we can.”
Pakistan Cricket Board is constantly suffering financially because of arranging home series in the UAE at a high cost. The PCB boss, Shahryar Khan recently proposed at the ICC annual meeting that Pakistan should receive a higher percentage of revenue from the Indo-Pak contests in ICC events as India has backed off from playing bilateral series.