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Cricket Ireland have postponed talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) about possibly playing a series in the war-torn country after terrorists attacked Karachi airport, leaving 37 people dead.
Ireland were willing to tour the country in September and it would have been the first time since March 2009 that Pakistan hosted an international series.
“Cricket Ireland and the PCB were in advanced discussions to play three ODIs in Pakistan in September,” Cricket Ireland spokesperson Barry Chambers told ESPNcricinfo. “These discussions had taken place between the respective chairmen and CEOs over the past three weeks, and had involved contact with ICC, governments, and security advisors. There had been a preliminary agreement to play three games subject to a security review by credible experts, and agreement from the players and staff, which would have been the next stage of the process. With the recent tragic events at Karachi Airport, the series will now be deferred to a later date.
“Cricket Ireland is obviously very keen to secure as many fixtures as possible against Full Members, and these proposed games would have been very beneficial ahead of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.”
Pakistan have not hosted any international series since the Sri Lankan national team were ambushed by armed militants in March 2009.