Kumar Sangakkara, the president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCB), has urged teams like South Africa, England, and Australia to visit Pakistan to play bilateral series over there.
Since the 2009 attack on Sri Lanka Cricket Team, Pakistan was deprived of home cricket and international cricket turned its foot back from Pakistan. After the hard work of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and armed forces, the utmost security was granted which resulted in the comeback of cricket at Pakistan.
In 2019, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka teams arrived at Pakistan to play bilateral series. Since 2015, things started getting better and as Pakistan now have assured complete security as commented by foreigners who came and played in 2019 and 2020, the world trusts Pakistan, and more teams are willing to tour the country.
Kumar Sangakkara says that instead of Asian teams, teams like South Africa, England, and Australia shall visit there as they are assuring complete package of security so cricket at their (Pakistan) homeland can be enhanced.
“It doesn’t matter an Asian side going there or a second side in terms of world prominence when it comes to having security measures in place,” Sangakkara was quoted as saying on The Cricket Show on Sky Sports Cricket.
“I think it’s important that England or Australia, even South Africa, make up their minds to actually tour when security is assured and they have those discussions; the MCC tour will be a precursor to that,” the veteran stated.
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He, however, said that it is too early for a longer tour. One shall play a single format and return home, then another format and return home, and so on like this.
“I don’t think you are ever going to see in the near future a five-test match series coupled with a one-day series played back-to-back. I think it will be more a case of you play two test matches, you take a break, you go back and play three one-dayers,” he added.