Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan on Saturday said that the board does not want to take a risk by hosting a series on home soil given the prevailing security situation in the country.
the 82-year-old said that the hesitance in conducting a home series was not only from foreign teams but also from the PCB as well. “We do not want to take a risk in which a large crowd gathered in a stadium could be subject to a terrorist attack,” he said. “The hesitation is not just from other teams, it is partly from our own people too who feel that this is a ready-made target for terrorists to disrupt and to create a negative impact on Pakistan’s integrity.”
However, the chairman also said that the board is still making efforts towards returning international cricket to Pakistan by approaching associate teams like Ireland, Scotland, and Kenya for a home tour. “We want international cricket to return, and there are teams willing to make the trip to Pakistan, but we are a little hesitant at the moment until the air clears for a foreign team to come and visit,” he said.
He added: “We already have associate countries like Ireland, Scotland and Kenya eager to tour Pakistan. We also have other teams like the Australia Army team who have visited us before and are planning to come again later this year.”