The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has requested Australia as well as New Zealand to play a T20I series in Pakistan. A Pakistan board official confirms the news to the PTI.
PCB Chairman, Najam Sethi along with COO, Subhan Ahmad talked with both the boards. The meeting took place during the recently held ICC meeting in Kolkata.
PCB is trying to get back action in the country, as they have missed out on hosting the matches in Pakistan due to security concerns over the years.
PCB is trying to get back action in their country.
Pakistan Cricket Board has already started taking baby steps towards getting back the action into their country. Pakistan had recently hosted the Windies successfully in the three-match T20I series.
“The two boards are requested to play the T20 matches of their series in Pakistan. This will help support the PCB in bringing back international cricket to the country,” the PCB official said while talking to PTI.
Pakistan will host Australia for three Test matches and one T20I match in UAE in October. After this series, Pakistan will play New Zealand in three Test matches, five ODIs, and three T20I in November.
Last year, Pakistan was able to host a T20I match against Sri Lanka successfully. Before that, PCB had also held a three-match T20I series against the World XI team.
The official added the Pakistan Board is trying its best to get back cricket into the country.
“The PCB is trying to follow a slow and steady process to bring back international cricket fully to Pakistan,” the official added.
The official added both trans-Tasman boards were reluctant to their decision. Both Australia and New Zealand have raised security concerns. However, they would look into the matter after the board’s request.
Pakistan is expected to play 29 One-Day Internationals before the coveted ICC World Cup of 2019. The Pakistan board is trying they play some of their matches on their home soil.