I wish to bring back international cricket to Karachi: Najam Sethi

Najam Sethi

KARACHI: Najam Sethi is positive about the revival of international cricket in Karachi after a meeting with Chief Minister Sindh, Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday.

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman, Najam Sethi held a press conference, where he stated that he is hopeful to see National Stadium Karachi filled with the crowd.

“Hopefully international cricket will revive in Karachi’s stadium,” he said. “I wish to bring back international cricket in the city,” he added.

Sethi met the CM Sindh earlier to discuss arrangements for hosting PSL matches in Karachi, he believes that the law and order situation of the city has improved a lot, which will pave the way for international cricket.

He told the media that an ICC security team will visit Karachi after four days, so the law enforcing agencies and the government has to plan the security arrangements in the span and give a presentation on it.

In the next four months, those plans will have to be executed in the city to ensure foolproof arrangements.

National Stadium Karachi hosted the last international contest back in February 2009, since then the stadium did not see any international cricket, which has resulted in NSK’s poor maintenance.

“The condition of National Stadium needs to be improved,” he told. “It will cost around Rs. 1.5 billion to fix the venue,” he added.

Najam Sethi further told that Murad Ali Shah has assured him for the best arrangements for hosting four matches of Pakistan Super League 2018.

Sethi seemed glad that Sri Lanka Cricket announced a game in Pakistan. The Islanders have confirmed that they will play the final T20 international of the series in the country.

He further told that West Indies have also agreed to come and play in Pakistan, the schedule will be finalized in the next ten days.

“West Indies have also confirmed that they will tour Pakistan, in the next ten days its schedule is likely to be finalized,” he told.