No Test side has toured Pakistan on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus at Lahore because the March 2009 militants attack
Low-ranked sides namely Zimbabwe and Afghanistan had staged the nation for a show
Chappell said that no international cricket Whatsoever in Pakistan prevent in the progress of the Nation’s cricket
West Indies cricketer Vivian Richards and former Australian skipper Ian Chappell has called for return of worldwide cricket in Pakistan, saying that players and the audience are starved of observing the game in their nation.
No Test side has spanned Pakistan because the March 2009 militants attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus at Lahore, injuring some of the players and killing six policemen. Low-ranked sides namely Zimbabwe and Afghanistan had staged the nation for a series.
Throwing light on the same, Chappell stated that no worldwide cricket whatsoever in Pakistan prevent in the improvement of the cricket of the country.
The former Australian captain further called on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to begin taking small steps towards the resurrection of global cricket in the nation.
“Don’t try for five Tests or anything like that, just some little steps are required to find the planet comfortable of playing in Pakistan and then you can begin taking bigger steps,” the Dawn quoted Chappell as saying.
Echoing similar views, Richards, who was also head coach for Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Quetta Gladiators, said that the reception they must see if they came to Lahore to the finals clearly depicted how far the audiences are starved for international cricket.
“We came here to the PSL final [staged in Lahore in March this year] and also the reception we got to see in the people shows how far they’re starved for international cricket.We have to discover ways of restoring international cricket in Pakistan in a huge way. When you take a look at the world concerning safety to be fair we aren’t safe anywhere,” Richards added.
It ought to be mentioned that Chappell and Richards were both part of the cricket panel to its Champions Trophy, which Pakistan went on to win by beating India of the country television.