Pakistan hasn’t had much of a chance to play international cricket in their own country ever since the tragic attack on the Sri Lankan players on 2009 in Lahore. Since then, Pakistan has toured other countries for International series but has never hosted one itself, except the Zimbabwe series played in Lahore nearly 2 years ago. Future of International Cricket in Pakistan, however, seems bright. All thanks to the men in green who recently won Pakistan the ICC Champions Trophy. PCB is an in a position to host an ODI and twenty-twenty series against Sri Lanka. While the reports haven’t been confirmed officially, it is highly expected that Sri Lanka might tour Pakistan in November/December. Currently, the cricketing boards of both the countries are in talks about the possibility of conducting the series as quoted by an official:
“Our Sri Lankan counterparts have expressed willingness in sending their team to Pakistan as the security situation is improving in the country.”
While the possibilities of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series is still being talked about, World XI will visit Pakistan in September to play against Pakistan. Top players from around the globe will visit and play against Pakistan. Pakistan nonetheless is tasked with to provide the same high-end security to both teams visiting Pakistan as provided to international PSL players. Fortunately, it seems like International Cricket is reviving in Pakistan, while there’s no doubt that Pakistan’s win in Champions Trophy might be the driving force behind the revival of International Cricket, PSL has played a vital role too. An official quoted:
“The PSL final has proved a great breakthrough in reviving international cricket in Pakistan.”
This is an excellent news for Pakistanis, the majority of which are die-hard cricket fanatics. More importantly, this will also allow PCB to produce International level cricket players. We’re all very excited and hopeful for the series.
PCB is really optimistic for the results of this tour.