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David Richardson, the chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), firmly believes that international cricket will continue returning to Pakistan.
Richardson’s comments come after he travelled to Karachi to watch the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Richardson admitted that the PSL has played an instrumental role in bringing international cricket back to Pakistan.
“The PSL was a positive step. Cricket is slowly returning to the country,” he was quoted as saying by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “Even in hard times Pakistani players played cricket and performed exceptionally well. The situation in the country is now changing. Step by step Pakistan is progressing. Slowly and gradually international tours will be revived in the country.
“A lot of effort has been made to bring back cricket in Pakistan. ICC stands with the PCB in all these matters.”
Richardson thanked all the foreign players that played the Pakistan leg of the PSL and firmly believes that the nation has proved it has all the security measures in place to host international cricket going forward.
Sri Lanka played a Twenty20 International in Lahore in October 2017, while the West Indies played a three-match Twenty20 series in Karachi in April 2018.
“We will continue working with the PCB. I would also like to thank the foreign players who came to Karachi. There is a perception that Pakistan is unsafe. PSL matches have proved this perception wrong,” he said. “In terms of security the ICC is performing its duties.”
Richardson also encouraged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to keep inviting teams to play international matches in the country, and made it clear that the ICC will lend a helping hand.
“It is our job to stay neutral. PCB is firm in its intent to bring back cricket in Pakistan. Because of tensions between India and Pakistan, the prospects of a series have been affected. [The] ICC will work towards helping revive cricket in Pakistan,” he said.