Ul-Haq is certain that another attack will never occur again
Pakistan ODI and Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has announced that it is safe for international teams to play Test matches in the country once again.
Pakistan have not hosted a Test series on home soil since March 2009, when the Sri Lankan cricket team were ambushed by armed militants, which left eight locals dead and six of their national players injured.
“Pakistan is such a big cricketing nation and the world has to think about bringing international cricket back to the country,” ul-Haq said. “A Twenty20 tournament in Pakistan saw full stadiums for every game and there were no security concerns. The people should have international cricket.”
The national team manager Naveed Akram Cheema supported ul-Haq’s comments, stating that the security situation in the country had been greatly exaggerated by the media.
“There is a difference between perception and reality,” Cheema added. “Other teams do not come to Pakistan on the pretext of security concerns, but it is as safe as any other country in the world.”
Ul-Haq noted that constantly playing ‘home’ games in the United Arab Emirates was having a negative impact on the team’s competitiveness.
“It is very difficult when you are not playing a format on a regular basis — you really have to work hard,” ul-Haq said. “You could say it is a limitation for us, but we are professionals and have to do well.
“We play only about five or six Tests a year while other countries play 15 or 16 a year. This really does affect our team.”
Pakistan are currently touring South Africa, where they are 1-0 down in the ongoing three-Test series.