MCC President Kumar Sangakkara has urged giant cricketing nations; Australia, England, and South Africa to tour Pakistan for the facilitation of the international cricket in the country. Marred by terrorism, Pakistan had to play all their home games in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a long time.
International cricket now seems to return to the nation as recently Sri Lanka and Bangladesh national cricket teams marked a safe return while enjoying cricket at their level best. Kumar Sangakkara, who was part of that team, returned to Pakistan with an MCC team in February this year but top teams have stayed away with security apprehensions.
Sangakkara has now urged giant cricketing nations to start revisiting Pakistan so that the sport can witness growth in the country.
Kumar Sangakkara Urges Australia, England, and South Africa To Tour Pakistan
“It doesn’t matter an Asian side going there or a secondary side in terms of world prominence when it comes to having security measures in place,” Kumar Sangakkara told The Cricket Show on Sky Sports Cricket.
“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,” he added.
The Initial Tours Will Be Extremely Short: Kumar Sangakkara
“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,” said the former Sri Lanka captain. “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,” Sangakkara added.
“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,” the former skipper concluded.