Shahryar Khan is the chairman of the PCB © Getty Images
Shahryar Khan is the chairman of the PCB © Getty Images

In an attempt to convince overseas teams and players to tour Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has bought four bulletproof buses while trying to provide the ‘best possible arrangements’ to them. The idea was first proposed during the Chairmanship of Zaka Ashraf in 2012 but was sanctioned last year. Pakistan has not hosted any team apart from Zimbabwe in May 2015, since an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus took place at Lahore in 2009. Terrorists had then attacked the players just outside the Gaddafi Stadium. Five cricketers were injured in the mishap whereas six security personnel and two civilians were killed. Since then the PCB has struggled to convince players to come and play in Pakistan and the home team has had to play their matches ‘home’ matches in the UAE mostly. READ: Pakistan court indicts 6 men accused of attacking Sri Lankan team in 2009

By buying bulletproof buses PCB wants to assure safety of cricketers touring the country. “We have bought these four Coaster buses as part of our efforts to revive international cricket in the country,” a PCB spokesman said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. He further added, “There will be high expectations from teams willing to visit Pakistan and we want to ensure that we provide them with the best possible arrangements. Having these bulletproof vehicles would play a major part in convincing teams [about security arrangements].” READ: Shahryar Khan dismisses criticisms over requesting ICC to set up special fund for Pakistan cricket

The PCB relies heavily on the government for arranging security of the visiting team. Meanwhile, the PCB has suffered from hosting matches in UAE and not having to play bilateral series’ against India. It had requested ICC to set up a special fund for development of the sport in the country.