Inzamam: It’s safe to play cricket in Pakistan

“The security situation has improved a lot in the country”

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Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has insisted that it is safe enough to play international cricket in the country.

Inzamam’s comments come after the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) told the West Indies not to tour Pakistan for a two-match Twenty20 series due to the security situation.

But, Inzamam has fired back at FICA, telling to send a delegation to get a first-hand view of whether it is that unsafe for international teams to tour Pakistan.

“I think when they came here themselves and see that the security situation has improved a lot in Pakistan they will see it has become safe to play international cricket once again,” he said. “FICA needs to understand that if the Pakistan cricket board is planning to hold the PSL final in Lahore or invite the West Indies to play some matches it is only after getting clearance from the government.

“It is only after consulting and coordinating with the government and other security agencies that the PCB has decided to now try to organise international matches once again in the country.”

Barring a limited overs series against Zimbabwe in May 2015, Pakistan have not hosted any international cricket since the Sri Lankan national team’s bus was attacked by armed militants in March 2009.

When asked what needs to be done to see international cricket return to the country, Inzamam said: “International cricket will only resume in Pakistan with support from other cricket playing nations, foreign players and players associations and that is why it is necessary for everyone to understand that the security situation has improved a lot in the country.”

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