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PCB chief Mani wants international teams to come back to Pakistan

04 October, 2019

Karachi: The country's cricket chief has been freshly urged to return to limited-overs international cricket for Pakistan, targeting a foreign team after a 10-year absence following a terrorist attack recommend bound tours

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Pakistan had a 67-run win over Sri Lanka on Monday to start the crucial cricket homecoming, with an extra delay of a few days due to the weather. This is the first time a foreign team is visiting Pakistan for two weeks after attacking a Sri Lankan team bus en route to a stadium in Lahore in 2009. Major teams have saved the country from the ambush in which eight people were killed and many star players were injured.

The series was initially included in three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals when the Government of Pakistan assured Sri Lanka to reserve a high-level security delegation for heads of state in general. This will be the longest period in a decade for any top-ranked national cricket teams to visit Pakistan, which is mostly "hosting" overseas in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) President Ehsan Mani said that he wanted more international teams to return to Pakistan instead of playing in neutral venues.

"It is so important that the game wins over any threat and terrorism," Mani told a news conference on Monday.

"The main thing is that the safety and security of the players cannot be compromised, so it was important that the Sri Lankan (cricket) board was comfortable. It is important series to show regional support.

"Cricket has become a universal sport and it is not only about competition, but it is also about showing solidarity between neighboring countries," Fernando said.

"Life has to move forward. We have to move forward, the game should not stop. I believe that players from other countries will also come. "The team's buses, surrounded by armed security personnel, are heavy between the hotel and the sports venues, and the main thoroughfares are being blocked by normal traffic.

Security personnel also keep a close watch on the spectators visiting the stadium.

"All I've got is the amount of protection and how they take care of it," Fernando said.

"To see that you will recognize every gate, every aspect, every person who comes down the field and goes out of the field."

Mani said that Cricket Australia officials recently visited Pakistan and met with officials of the government and PCB. Additionally, the PCB chairman said that officials from England and Ireland would soon visit Pakistan to assess the security situation.

Pakistan's ultimate goal, he said, is to make guest teams comfortable rather than focusing on the security around them and the gem is realistic: "it can take a few years".

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