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Pakistan left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir believes that the entire Pakistan Super League (PSL) can be held in the country, but insisted that international teams must first visit the nation.
A total of eight matches, including the final, were held in Karachi in the recently concluded edition of the PSL.
While many foreign players did come to Pakistan, Tanvir feels that more international teams must tour the country as it will reassure an increasing number of overseas players that the security situation is safe.
International cricket has begun trickling back to Pakistan over the last two years as Sri Lanka played a Twenty20 International in Lahore in October 2017 before the West Indies played a three-match Twenty20 series in Karachi in April 2018.
“It’s still too early to say if the tournament can be shifted in its entirety to Pakistan in the future as there is still a long time to go before that decision can be made,” he told PakPassion. “What I am pleased about is that the PCB has taken some excellent and well-measured steps towards this objective and a slow and steady approach is the best policy. I do feel that the decision to move the PSL to Pakistan will become that much easier if some form of international cricket is played in Pakistan this year.”
Tanvir played for the Quetta Gladiators in this year’s PSL and was the joint fourth-highest wicket-taker with 15 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 21.73 and an economy rate of 6.93.