Pakistan needs to do more on security front to get back international cricket to the country: ICC

No Test playing nation has toured Pakistan since militants attacked Sri Lankan team in March 2009 in Lahore ©  Getty Images

By Sabi Hussain

New Delhi: Jan 6, 2013

Pakistan will have to wait for some more time to bring international cricket back to the country as the ICC says that it needs to do more on the security front to win the confidence of the foreign teams.

ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson today said it’s “premature” to comment if the country is safe to host international matches.

“It’s safe or not that we have to ask the security officials. Obviously, they have got a difficult situation there and I think they still have a lot of work to do in convincing the international teams to tour Pakistan. I think it’s premature to say whether it’s safe to tour Pakistan or not,” Richardson told PTI.

No Test playing nation has toured Pakistan since militants attacked Sri Lankan team in March 2009 in Lahore.

Pakistan had been working hard to convince the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to tour the nation for a short series. But Bangladesh recently called off their January tour of Pakistan because of security worries.

The ICC statement has also now put a question mark on the country hosting an international series anytime soon.

Richardson seemed happy with the resumption of bilateral ties between India and Pakistan and said both the countries should play each other on a regular basis.

“Fortunately, we always have the ICC events where they can play each other. Apart from that, we have the bilateral events and it’s up to the two countries to determine how regularly they play. For the Test matches and other series, the two parties (BCCI and PCB) are talking to each other on a continuous basis. Hopefully, they can work something out.

“Obviously, we would encourage that more cricket is being played between India and Pakistan without overkilling it,” said Richardson, who is in the capital to witness the third and final one-dayer between India and Pakistan at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium here.