Kumar Sangakkara urges England, Australia, South Africa to tour Pakistan


Karachi: Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara wants the cricketing nations like Australia, England, and South Africa to facilitate regular international cricket in Pakistan.

Sangakkara, who is now the president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) thinks that it doesn’t matter that any side is going there when the security is assured completely.

“I think it’s important that England or Australia, even South Africa, make up their minds to actually tour when security is assured and they have those discussions; the MCC tour will be a precursor to that,” Sangakkara said in a show at a sports channel.

However, Sangakkara agreed that it was too early for any extended tour of Pakistan.”I don’t think you are ever going to see in the near future a five-Test match series coupled with a one-day series played back-to-back, I think it will be more a case of you play two Test matches, you take a break, you go back and play three one-dayers,” he added.

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“It’s not exactly the right time for extended tours but I’m sure that with the right communication and the measures in place that players can go back and play some great quality cricket, have a great time and bring cricket back to Pakistan,” he maintained.

He also believed that a strong Pakistan side playing in front of their home crowds is one of the best things that can happen to world cricket.

MCC in February toured Pakistan for three T20 matches and one-off 50-over match in Lahore on which the legendary batsman recalled that there were about 18,000-19,000 people on the first day at the Gaddafi Stadium.

“There were queues just as we got to the ground of people waiting to go in and the reception that we got, the enthusiasm that they showed the happiness on their faces. their welcome and hospitality was absolutely incredible,” he concluded.

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