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    Marlon Samuels urges ICC to bring international cricket back to Pakistan

    After lifting the Pakistan Super League title with Peshawar Zalmi last week, West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels has urged the International Cricket Council to look into possible solutions that would revive cricketing activities in Pakistan.

    In a three-minute video message,, an emotional Samuels addressed his concern to the sport’s governing body besides thanking the Pakistan army for providing fool proof security. “ICC, you need to look into cricket going back to Pakistan. Because there is so much Pakistanis waiting and would love to see a lot of cricketers in front of them,” he said.

    “Cricket should definitely comeback to Pakistan now and I will continue to promote this until I die,” Samuels said. “I want to take this opportunity to say thank you Pakistan Army for the way they dealt with the things, security was top class, we couldn’t have asked for better security.”

    No international matches have taken place in Pakistan since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan side. Efforts to revive cricketing activities haven’t borne fruit as well with the country yet to shrug off the ‘unsafe’ tag even after eight years. Even a few days before the final, a suicide bomber killed 13 people in Pakistan. A few cricketers, including Luke Wright and Kevin Pietersen had opted out of the final after it was decided that the final would be held in Lahore.

    “For me, it more than just me coming to Pakistan and play a cricket game. It’s the significance behind the team and success of the team, and smile at the face of people.” Samuels said. “I have spent a lot of time with Pakistanis in Jamaica they all are my friends. So, I am Pakistani in my heart. So, it didn’t take much for me to decide to come to Pakistan.”

    The veteran of 71 Tests, 187 ODIs and 51 T20Is also expressed his desire to be part of Pakistan Army. “I wouldn’t mind coming back to Pakistan if I get a metallic badge at my shoulder cause in Jamaica I am a soldier and that’s why I wore my army suit to Pakistan,” he said, addressing it to Pakistan’s Army chief General Qamar Bajwa. “I am just waiting for the metallic, so whenever you’re ready to let me to be a part of your army, I am ready. I am a soldier in Jamaica and I want to be a part of Pakistan Army.”

    Samuels scored 19 off 17 balls, including two boundaries and a six in the final that Zalmi won by 58 runs. “And may this win, and cricket like the finals that came to Pakistan put a lot of smile and make the people happy. And I wish that more cricket come to Pakistan. I will definitely coming back to Pakistan,” he further added while concluding the message.

    http://m.hindustantimes.com/cricket/...RNE1au4yK.html
    Last edited by MenInG; 12th March 2017 at 09:25.


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    Nice.


    only fighters rise up from the dust..

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    Thank you Marlon! This guy gets a lot of criticism but respect to him

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    Haha yeah he really enjoyed with the security personnel. Took lots of selfies and pics with them.

    Guy is great at heart and enjoys his passions.

    Was in a bit of a slump in form but he can come good.


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    Respect Marlon

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    Wow

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    The Bestowing of an Honorary Citizenship is in order my friend

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    thank u marlon.....

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    Danke Marlon Pakistani passport for him


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    wahh! nice comments


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    ""No international matches have taken place in Pakistan since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan side. Efforts to revive cricketing activities haven’t borne fruit as well with the country yet to shrug off the ‘unsafe’ tag even after eight years.""


    they forgot the zimbabwe series in 2015

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    Should be invited to join our cricket team.

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    Good comments.

    the next step should be to invite teams for one off t20 matches, invite 3 teams this year for one t20 match. Reach lahore in morning and leave at night.

    Though with all the security a guy managed to reach zalmis dressing room which is a big carelessness from the ones responsible.


    It is either a heartache or a headache ..Argh relationships.

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    He didn't really fire in the PSL, but kudos to him for coming and having a good time.


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    Very difficult at this stage and shouldn't be rushed in a hurry. Security is a very serious issue.

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    Great guy. Wonderful seeing his video.

    Thank you, Marlon!


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    I believe he has no desire to play in IPL?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    I believe he has no desire to play in IPL?
    Think he went unselected in the auction anyway and has done for a few years now?

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    Wonderful to read.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollack View Post
    Very difficult at this stage and shouldn't be rushed in a hurry. Security is a very serious issue.
    Some people are never happy to hear anything positive about Pakistan cricket.

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    We need to build on this though. None of this world 11 **** that won't do anything, need to invite some international teams. After Bangladesh away in July we have a 2 month gap with no cricket. Australia and Bangladesh will be playing each other. England will be playing West Indies. Forget India.
    The teams that will be free around August are:
    Zimbabwe
    New Zealand
    South Africa

    Zimbabwe have said they will tour again so that is realistic but we want some high key teams playing ie New Zealand and South Africa. If we can convince them to come for a few T20s and few ODI's each that will be amazing. Try get 1 day games back in Pakistan safely first then we can look at getting tests back

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    We need to build on this though. None of this world 11 **** that won't do anything, need to invite some international teams. After Bangladesh away in July we have a 2 month gap with no cricket. Australia and Bangladesh will be playing each other. England will be playing West Indies. Forget India.
    The teams that will be free around August are:
    Zimbabwe
    New Zealand
    South Africa

    Zimbabwe have said they will tour again so that is realistic but we want some high key teams playing ie New Zealand and South Africa. If we can convince them to come for a few T20s and few ODI's each that will be amazing. Try get 1 day games back in Pakistan safely first then we can look at getting tests back
    Sri Lanka will be playing India anyway . Guess we could invite Afghanistan too

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    Afghanistan is a good team now and they want to play more matches. Pakistan should invite Afghanistan for a full series of 5 ODIs later this year, maybe do it after September so that losses won't hurt after the cut-off date

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    All those 'WI mercenaries' from 3-4 years ago have turned out to be good guys...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amit View Post
    Afghanistan is a good team now and they want to play more matches. Pakistan should invite Afghanistan for a full series of 5 ODIs later this year, maybe do it after September so that losses won't hurt after the cut-off date
    we are playing Sri Lanka after cut off date. Do it before the cut off date

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    ICC and Samuels cant do anything.

    Its all upto the law and order of our country


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    Quote Originally Posted by amit View Post
    Afghanistan is a good team now and they want to play more matches. Pakistan should invite Afghanistan for a full series of 5 ODIs later this year, maybe do it after September so that losses won't hurt after the cut-off date
    No they shouldn't. Blanket ban on bilateral matches with Afghanistan. They will be meaningless and a waste of money.

    We need to convine SL to tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat_Track_Bully View Post
    No they shouldn't. Blanket ban on bilateral matches with Afghanistan. They will be meaningless and a waste of money.

    We need to convine SL to tour.
    SL? After 2009? Let's try for someone who hasn't been attacked recently please?
    Bangladesh seems to understand what tough security situations are, how about them?

    Maybe you play a full series in the UAE and then do a weekend T20 series in Lahore or Karachi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat_Track_Bully View Post
    No they shouldn't. Blanket ban on bilateral matches with Afghanistan. They will be meaningless and a waste of money.

    We need to convine SL to tour.
    Afghanistan is a good team. I can understand Pakistan's reluctance to play Afghanistan before cut off date, but there is no excuse to avoid Afghanistan after the cut off date. Pakistan v Afghanistan ODIs will bring international cricket back to Pakistan and also give Afghanistan matches against top teams. Win win for both and also Pakistan will get to make money as well which they need

    PCB should invite Afghanistan after the cut off date for 5 ODIs

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    Quote Originally Posted by amit View Post
    Afghanistan is a good team. I can understand Pakistan's reluctance to play Afghanistan before cut off date, but there is no excuse to avoid Afghanistan after the cut off date. Pakistan v Afghanistan ODIs will bring international cricket back to Pakistan and also give Afghanistan matches against top teams. Win win for both and also Pakistan will get to make money as well which they need

    PCB should invite Afghanistan after the cut off date for 5 ODIs
    No point inviting an associate. We need a a traditional ICC member to tour.

    SL and BD are only realtistic options.

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