Pakistan Cricket Board (PBC) has intensified its effort to bring back top-notched international cricket to the country.
Recently, the PCB has invited Cricket Australia to send its team to Karachi or Lahore for two one-day matches of its 5-matches series, which is scheduled in UAE in March next year.
There are indications that CA may accept the PCB’s request. Media reports said that Cricket Australia is considering the request.
Buoyed by the positive indications from Australia, the PCB has plans to also extend the same request to Cricket South Africa.
According to media reports, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani has left for South Africa on a mission to convince Cricket South Africa (CSA) to support the return of international cricket to Pakistan.
Mani has said that his main priority remains the return of full international cricket to Pakistan and the country hosting the International Cricket Council (ICC) events.
Mani will request CSA officials to continue their support for the return of international cricket to Pakistan as the World XI which toured Pakistan included several South African players.
Mani will request them to also play a short limited-overs series sometime in 2019 in Pakistan.
“We are in ongoing discussions with the PCB about the ODI tour in March next year. We recognize that the PCB and the Pakistan government are taking every step to improve the security for touring cricket teams and we’ll continue discussions with the PCB as the safety and security of Australian players and support staff is our number one priority,” said a CA spokesman in Melbourne.
The statement came after PCB’s newly-appointed managing director Wasim Khan maintained that he is willing to address all reservations including security arrangements. CA has not sent its team to Pakistan since 1998.