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Saqlain Mushtaq has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to help revive international cricket in Pakistan.
International cricket has been slowly trickling back into the country after a World XI visited for a three-match Twenty20 series in September last year. After that, Sri Lanka played a Twenty20 International in Lahore in October.
However, international teams remain hesitant to tour Pakistan ever since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by armed militants back in March 2009.
Since then, Pakistan have been forced to play all their home games in the United Arab Emirates. But, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi recently revealed that since it is costly to hold games in the UAE, the national team could start playing their home games in Malaysia.
Given the situation Pakistan face, Mushtaq has urged the ICC to take action.
“Pakistan’s talent in the game of cricket is unstoppable, so the world’s cricketing body should help Pakistan to bring back the game to the cricket-loving country,” the legendary spinner told a news channel as quoted by the Business Recorder.
Mushtaq added that he hopes the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will help convince teams to visit the country.
The third edition of the tournament gets underway on Thursday, while the final is set to be held in Karachi on March 25.