After a fine time, Sri Laka Cricket Team has helped Pakistan to revive the game of cricket in home conditions. They played a series of matches in ODI and T20I format of the game ensuring that Pakistan is safe to play the International bilateral series. Now, PCB approached South Africa and Ireland Cricket Boards to play home series in Pakistan.
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Pakistan has not hosted any home Test series since March 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore leaving six Pakistani policemen dead and some visiting players injured. However, they would end the drought if Sri Lanka or Bangladesh accept for a Test series.
We Are Confident – PCB
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has approached South Africa for a limited-overs series, next year. The PCB has also got in touch with Ireland for a series. Apart from that, the PCB is also trying to convince Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to visit Pakistan in December and January to play the ICC World Test Championship matches.
“The Board is confident that it will be hosting at least four foreign teams in a span of five to six months next year after it invited South Africa and Ireland to tour Pakistan for limited over series,” a PCB source said.
“South Africa is a top team while Ireland also carries substantial influence in the ICC so the PCB believes if these two teams come to Pakistan early next year it will pave the way open for even Australia, England and New Zealand to send their teams soon,” he said.
Further, speaking to the media in Lahore, Khan said that they had also got positive signs from the Sri Lankan board that it would send a full-strength side to play two Tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi in December.
Meanwhile, the PCB has agreed to host its series of three T20 and three ODI matches against the England women’s team in Malaysia in December. The itinerary for the series is set to be announced in a few days time.