Ul-Haq is tired of travelling to other places to play international series
Pakistan ODI and Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has announced that his team should be able to play at home and entertain their fans, and added that it is unfair on the whole nation that one act of violence has driven away all international teams from coming back for over three years.
Pakistan have not hosted an international match since March 2009, when the Sri Lankan team came under attack by local insurgents, which resulted in the deaths of six Pakistani policemen and one of the van drivers.
Several members of the Sri Lankan team and a reserve umpire were injured in the horrific attack.
Since that very day, Pakistan has become a forgotten land when it comes to playing cricket, and the only way the national team can play any other international opponent is via a neutral venue, such as the United Arab Emirates, which has been labelled as the ‘home’ of Pakistan cricket for the past three years.
Speaking exclusively to Gulf News, ul-Haq said: “We are a big Test-playing country and it is not fair for us as well as for the other Test-playing countries and world cricket that we are not getting to stage international cricket, it is the responsibility of the cricket boards and their respective governments to come out with policies and ensure how teams can visit Pakistan in the future.”
Ul-Haq also noted that he was extremely pleased to see the national team thriving in different conditions despite not having played at home for a long time.
“It is a big dilemma and it is time the cricketing world comes together to push for international cricket in Pakistan,” ul-Haq added.
Ul-Haq has thrown his support behind the proposed Pakistan Premier League, and stated that it would be an excellent way to firstly, develop the game amongst the community and secondly, to show international players that Pakistan is a safe place.