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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have postponed their proposed series against Kenya to December since they are still waiting for the government to give them the green light.
Kenya have been in talks with the PCB about becoming the first international team to tour Pakistan since the Sri Lankan national team were ambushed by armed militants in Lahore in March 2009.
“We had to put Kenya on hold, as we need to talk at the top [government] level,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said. “Otherwise they were all set to host the tour in the next 10-15 days, but now we have asked them to hold for a while and we will reschedule the series soon. In the meanwhile, our Under-19 team is touring Kenya.”
According to sources, Kenya were scheduled to play three matches against Pakistan A in Lahore before going on to face Faisalabad in two matches on November 27 and 28.
Khan also revealed that the PCB are currently embroiled in discussions with other Associate nations about visiting Pakistan prior to the start of the 2015 World Cup.
“In recent meetings at the ICC and ACC, I got the opportunity to meet our counterparts and informed them of the ground reality of the security conditions in our country,” he said. “In general there is a difference from 2007 to 2014, and we have reports that situation has improved a lot in last few years. Yes, there were unfortunate incidents recently in Karachi and the Wagah border, those are probably setbacks, but I am talking about general improvement.
“We are engaged with many boards and informing them that the time is about to come when things will be normal in the country and they should start considering our invite. We have offered them to start with low-profile tours – like sending over junior teams for competitions – so I am hopeful things will come good next year.”