The CEO of International Cricket Council, Dave Richardson called staging Pakistan Super League matches in Pakistan ‘a great step’ towards the revival of international cricket in the country while addressing a press conference at the National Stadium Karachi on Sunday.
Richardson is currently touring Pakistan, where he attended the exciting final of the PSL 4 between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi at the National Stadium Karachi.
He recognized the work of Pakistan as a country and their security forces for altering the perception about the country all around the world.
“You should appreciate the work done by actually Pakistan as a country and Pakistan security forces because the fact is the perception outside of Pakistan was that it was a dangerous place to visit,” he said. “That perception is slowly but surely has changed through the good work done here.”
The South African thanked all the foreign cricketing stars who visited Pakistan and said it is indicative of the changed perception about Pakistan at the international stage.
“The trust that has been built up amongst the security advisors, players and others have increased tremendously,” he went on to say.
He also mentioned how bravely Pakistan and their cricket board have handled the situation that the whole world is facing at the moment.
“We talk about the spirit of cricket and the purpose of cricket which is to unite, inspire and empower communities I think Pakistan is being a good example of that to everyone in that regard and I hope they will keep it up both off the field and on the field,” he said.