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    "We share Pakistan's desire for international cricket to return to their country" : Kevin Roberts

    Cricket Australia is hopeful its elite men's team will tour Pakistan in 2022 but won't rush a decision, chief executive Kevin Roberts says.

    Roberts and CA's head of security Sean Carroll have just returned from Pakistan, the first visit of a high-level Australian delegation in more than a decade.

    Australia haven't played in Pakistan since 1998 because of security concerns.

    Roberts says his visit was aimed at strengthening relationships with the Pakistan Cricket Board rather than assessing whether Australia's 2022 tour would proceed.

    "The beauty of the timing of this visit, we wanted it to happen well before we were faced with a key decision," Roberts told SEN radio on Thursday.

    "... The purpose was really to understand the landscape, look at the plans they have in place around security and then start expressing our expectations for the safety of our players and our support staff well over two years away from when we're due to tour.

    "So that we're not dealing with that in a pressure-cooker environment a couple of months before the tour.

    "Things are heading in the right direction, but in saying that we were travelling in armoured cars and escorted by police and felt very safe over there. But certainly that level of security is still required at this point."

    Asked if Australia would again tour Pakistan, Roberts said: "I hope so.

    "I really hope we do for the sake of world cricket and Australia's important relationship with Pakistan," he said.

    "As I said to Pakistan, we share their desire for international cricket to return to their country.

    "(But) we will never jeopardise the safety of our people and we will keep taking advice from experts on the way.

    "We have got the next couple of years to hopefully plan for a tour in 2022 but we have just got to step that out gently, bit by bit, rather than rushing into it."

    Australia is scheduled to play two Tests, three one-dayers and three Twenty20 games in Pakistan from late February 2022.

    "Certainly there are parts of the country that unfortunately are very unsafe, but there's other parts of the country where I think a number of nations would contemplate playing again in the future when Pakistan are ready," Roberts said.

    "In the spirit of appropriate leadership, I'm never going to ask anything of our people, be they players or support staff, that I haven't been prepared to do myself.

    "I felt safe but won't be sending players over there until I can look them in the eye and tell them that they should feel safe as well."

    https://au.sports.yahoo.com/cricket-...jmVV14x2qhkZuY


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    That's good news. Not long away, hopefully the big players like Smith, Cummins, Warner agree to come.

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    Australia will be last team to visit Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny_majoka View Post
    Australia will be last team to visit Pakistan.
    No it will be India!!!!! Australia is 2nd, S Africa 3rd and England 4th

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    The last non Asian teams to visit will be NZ and England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    No it will be India!!!!! Australia is 2nd, S Africa 3rd and England 4th
    Don't think india will visit ever until day of judgment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    No it will be India!!!!! Australia is 2nd, S Africa 3rd and England 4th
    And i reckon SA will be first team outside asia to visit Pakistan. Considering half of their players already toured Pakistan in last two years

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    Unfortunately we need more actions than words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Cricket Australia is hopeful its elite men's team will tour Pakistan in 2022 but won't rush a decision, chief executive Kevin Roberts says.


    https://au.sports.yahoo.com/cricket-...jmVV14x2qhkZuY
    Elite honesty from Elite team?

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    Come the time, I'd be amazed if they toured Pakistan.

    We've heard all this before.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny_majoka View Post
    And i reckon SA will be first team outside asia to visit Pakistan. Considering half of their players already toured Pakistan in last two years
    You are forgetting Zimbabwe and West Indies. They already played in Pakistan recently.

    South Africa may also come. I don't see Aussies coming to Pakistan soon (to be honest).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Come the time, I'd be amazed if they toured Pakistan.

    We've heard all this before.
    Fact is that none of these security visits etc can change minds of players


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny_majoka View Post
    Don't think india will visit ever until day of judgment.
    After 5 years not under Modi of course... They came to power with "hate muslims propaganda", well and ofcourse by rigging elections on whichever states they can...

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    Interview with Kevin Roberts one of the highlights of this week’s PCB Podcast

    • Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis shares his plans, Hasan Ali talks about his post-wicket celebrations and nickname ‘generator’

    • Third edition of weekly PCB Podcast also includes review of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy first round matches and an update on national women’s one-day series

    Lahore, 20 September 2019:

    Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive Kevin Roberts, in the latest episode of PCB Podcast, reflects on his visit to Islamabad and talks about future steps as Pakistan steps up its efforts for regular resumption of international cricket in the country.

    Roberts was first of the high-profile cricket administrators to visit Pakistan when he visited Islamabad on Tuesday, 17 September, while CA Chairman Earl Eddings is scheduled to tour Lahore in October.

    The visit will be followed by a trip of England and Wales Cricket Board representatives later in October.

    “We share your desire to see international cricket return to Pakistan,” Roberts told PCB Podcast, adding: “We think it would be great for cricket and Pakistan.

    “Of course, from an Australian perspective, we’re very focused on the safety of our players and our support staff. We’ll keep taking advice till we are due to be here in 2022, but we are here to build the relationship in the meantime and, for me personally, to pay respects to your country on my first visit over here.

    “We arrived early (Tuesday) morning from London and fairly soon after we had a meeting with the Ministry of Interior. That was really insightful in terms of their commitment to helping international cricket return to Pakistan, noting that it’s got a way to go till Australia would be comfortable to send teams over.

    “But it’s really good to see how focused they are on making that happen.

    “And, of course, we also met with our own Australian High Commissioner, who moved here over a couple of months ago. Again he was very focused on supporting the relationship between the PCB and the Cricket Australia. We then did a tour around the city and saw some of the local cricket facilities, which were great as well.”

    To listen or download complete interview of Kevin Roberts, please click here.

    The third edition of the PCB Podcast, which has been recorded in a recently created in-house studio, also includes interviews of Pakistan national team bowling coach Waqar Younis and fast-bowler Hasan Ali.

    Waqar, in a candid interview, discusses his plans and strategy to help the younger generation of fast bowlers and also looks forward to the World Test Championship matches against Australia.

    Hasan Ali recalls how he came up with his novel post-wicket taking celebrations and what he feels about its nickname ‘generator’.

    The PCB, during a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches, released his digital clip with one of his fans, emulating his celebrations, which, to date has had 61.3K views.

    Apart from the three interviews, the PCB Podcast includes updates from the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and National Women’s One-Day Championship 2019.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    No it will be India!!!!! Australia is 2nd, S Africa 3rd and England 4th
    Australia didn't even visit Pakistan when Pakistan was at it's peak under Gen. Musharraf and thrived economically. What makes you think they will even consider visiting now?

    Australia is never coming unless India, Afghan issues are resolved and there are no extremist groups left.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Fact is that none of these security visits etc can change minds of players
    They talk the talk, when the time comes, it's always no thanks.

    Australia to play in Pakistan in 2022 - I reckon about 1% chance.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    Australia didn't even visit Pakistan when Pakistan was at it's peak under Gen. Musharraf and thrived economically. What makes you think they will even consider visiting now?

    Australia is never coming unless India, Afghan issues are resolved and there are no extremist groups left.
    They had no tours scheduled around that time. They did have an A tour scheduled, which they completed. I reckon if they had a tour scheduled in 2004-2006, they would have done that tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsan17 View Post
    They had no tours scheduled around that time. They did have an A tour scheduled, which they completed. I reckon if they had a tour scheduled in 2004-2006, they would have done that tour.
    They played a test in Sharjah.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    They played a test in Sharjah.
    Yes, that was around the time the bomb went off in Karachi near NZ team's hotel. WI also didn't tour at that time, but WI did tour in 2006. I genuinely think if Australia had a tour scheduled in 2004-2006, they would have toured. Then the security situation went off the rails late 2007 and 2008. I will admit, they they seem to be the most hesitant of all teams. That doesn't mean they won't tour or that they will be the last time to tour. Given how much has changed in the last 3-4 years in Pakistan with respect to the security situation, if the Australian government were to change its security advisory I think the team would tour too.

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    David Boon, the former Australian batsman is the match referee for the Pakistan versus Sri Lanka ODI series, but you won't see any Australian cricketers in Pakistan for many years to come.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    David Boon, the former Australian batsman is the match referee for the Pakistan versus Sri Lanka ODI series, but you won't see any Australian cricketers in Pakistan for many years to come.
    What exactly is the problem? Surely the security being promised is good quality?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    What exactly is the problem? Surely the security being promised is good quality?
    They are like americans, paranoia runs high

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    Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Geoffrey Shaw in a meeting with Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Parvez Elahi here Monday said that Australia welcomes revival of cricket in Pakistan. Australian Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board are in contact for promotion of bilateral cricket relations, Geoffrey Shaw said. "Strategy is being evolved for further promoting trade between Pakistan and Australia, and a trade delegation is visiting Pakistan in October." In the meeting, views were exchanged on prevailing political situation in the country.

    Speaker Parvez Elahi said that Kashmir is lifeline of Pakistan. Modi has committed excessive oppression and suppression on Kashmir which are unprecedented. Despite 50 days long curfew, Modi has not been able to dampen the courage and spirit of the Kashmiris nor suppress the freedom movement, Prime Minister Imran Khan is getting, Kashmiris struggle for freedom, highlighted before the world. He said the CPEC project is heading fast towards its completion because of it Pakistan will become trade hub of Asia.

    https://fp.brecorder.com/2019/09/20190924520189/


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    "I get asked this question a lot, when will we see an Australian team coming to Pakistan? We were discussing that upstairs while we were watching the game. This is a decision for Cricket Australia, of course, but we have started conversations.

    "I was able to host a meeting between the chairman of PCB and Australia CEO of cricket and we spoke about the next time we're going to be seeing tours here. It's about building confidence, that players will come and feel safe. A key component of that is the PSL, it has a valuable part to play. We have a number of Australians who will be coming and participating in the PSL, so I'm looking forward to that.

    "Having Australians come and play in the PSL is a great way of building confidence and changing images in people's minds."
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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    What exactly is the problem? Surely the security being promised is good quality?
    I think players don't like being stuck inside hotels when they are not playing for many weeks. I remember a Sri Lankan saying that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post



    "I get asked this question a lot, when will we see an Australian team coming to Pakistan? We were discussing that upstairs while we were watching the game. This is a decision for Cricket Australia, of course, but we have started conversations.

    "I was able to host a meeting between the chairman of PCB and Australia CEO of cricket and we spoke about the next time we're going to be seeing tours here. It's about building confidence, that players will come and feel safe. A key component of that is the PSL, it has a valuable part to play. We have a number of Australians who will be coming and participating in the PSL, so I'm looking forward to that.

    "Having Australians come and play in the PSL is a great way of building confidence and changing images in people's minds."
    I've been saying it for a while, PSL is a much bigger deal than hosting BD or even SL. 34 games across 4 cities in 3 weeks, involving a lot more players than a bilateral series. It's far more important than any bilateral series Pakistan will play.

    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    I think players don't like being stuck inside hotels when they are not playing for many weeks. I remember a Sri Lankan saying that.
    This is primarily only an issue that a lot of people on this forum have imagined. There was one SLC official (not a player) who complained about it, but players themselves have been very happy with the security arrangements. However, people on this forum keep inventing an issue that's only an issue on this forum.

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    I don't think anyone expects Australia to tour Pakistan in 2022. They didn't tour when there was no security situation. Why would they tour now? Same with New Zealand.

    If England tours, New Zealand might contemplate but will be tough convincing Aus, NZ.

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    Australia would never tour. Heck they only tour India because of the money

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketDon View Post
    Australia would never tour. Heck they only tour India because of the money
    They only tour SA, WI, ENG, NZ, SL and anywhere else for money. Cricket is a business and its all about the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketDon View Post
    Australia would never tour. Heck they only tour India because of the money
    And they tour the rest of the countries out of goodwill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsan17 View Post
    I've been saying it for a while, PSL is a much bigger deal than hosting BD or even SL. 34 games across 4 cities in 3 weeks, involving a lot more players than a bilateral series. It's far more important than any bilateral series Pakistan will play.



    This is primarily only an issue that a lot of people on this forum have imagined. There was one SLC official (not a player) who complained about it, but players themselves have been very happy with the security arrangements. However, people on this forum keep inventing an issue that's only an issue on this forum.
    How would you like to be away from home for a month, in the hotel all the time, except when the games are being played, and with men with guns surrounding you all the time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    How would you like to be away from home for a month, in the hotel all the time, except when the games are being played, and with men with guns surrounding you all the time?
    SL team visited many different places in Karachi and Islamabad when they were playing tests. There are videos of that all over youtube. Anyway, this is an issue only on this forum and not an actual issue anyone besides one official (i.e. not a player) complained about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsan17 View Post
    SL team visited many different places in Karachi and Islamabad when they were playing tests. There are videos of that all over youtube. Anyway, this is an issue only on this forum and not an actual issue anyone besides one official (i.e. not a player) complained about.
    This is a video of the SL team in Pakistan in 2019. About 20 armed vehicles in front of them and 20 more behind them.



    I am pretty sure you haven't kept track of ALL the complaints or what has been going through the players' minds, so you are definitely not qualified to say "this is an issue only on this forum and not an actual issue anyone besides one official (i.e. not a player) complained about".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    This is a video of the SL team in Pakistan in 2019. About 20 armed vehicles in front of them and 20 more behind them.



    I am pretty sure you haven't kept track of ALL the complaints or what has been going through the players' minds, so you are definitely not qualified to say "this is an issue only on this forum and not an actual issue anyone besides one official (i.e. not a player) complained about".
    How about these videos?





    The way these tours are happening, any inkling of complains are reported on this forum and on cricketing websites. So far no one except that one SLC official has mentioned any issues. As for going through their minds, well yes, generally there's no way to discern what one is thinking. They may well be thinking the opposite of what you said. What I can say is that for the LOI leg of the SL tour, 10 players pulled out. But every single player toured for the test series. That, to me, is far more telling than one official complaining, or the many theories many people on this forum (including Pakistan fans) have concocted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsan17 View Post
    How about these videos?





    The way these tours are happening, any inkling of complains are reported on this forum and on cricketing websites. So far no one except that one SLC official has mentioned any issues. As for going through their minds, well yes, generally there's no way to discern what one is thinking. They may well be thinking the opposite of what you said. What I can say is that for the LOI leg of the SL tour, 10 players pulled out. But every single player toured for the test series. That, to me, is far more telling than one official complaining, or the many theories many people on this forum (including Pakistan fans) have concocted.
    The video that I posted and the ones you posted give very different pictures. I will leave it to others to decide which one was accurate and which one was staged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    The video that I posted and the ones you posted give very different pictures. I will leave it to others to decide which one was accurate and which one was staged.
    I am not sure what you are getting at or are suggesting here. Neither of the videos are inaccurate and neither of them are staged. Everyone knows there are 30-40 vehicles moving the team, but everyone on this forum also knows the SL team went to that mall and also visited a restaurant at the beach in Karachi. But the fact is that besides one SLC official no one else has openly complained about the security.

    How about this. You are someone that generally asks for proof to substantiate statements. Can you show me any proof that any cricketer from SL or BD has complained about the security being provided in a negative way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsan17 View Post
    I am not sure what you are getting at or are suggesting here. Neither of the videos are inaccurate and neither of them are staged. Everyone knows there are 30-40 vehicles moving the team, but everyone on this forum also knows the SL team went to that mall and also visited a restaurant at the beach in Karachi. But the fact is that besides one SLC official no one else has openly complained about the security.

    How about this. You are someone that generally asks for proof to substantiate statements. Can you show me any proof that any cricketer from SL or BD has complained about the security being provided in a negative way?
    My point is not about security. It is about a feeling of claustrophobia. I personally wouldn't like to spend a month in a foreign country where I could not move about freely, and had a convoy of armed men accompany me whenever I stepped outside my hotel room.

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    Dean Jones in an exclusive interview with PakPassion:

    “I will be looking forward to seeing crowds in more blue shirts of Karachi Kings instead of the red ones of Islamabad United that we mostly saw last time. It’ll be good to be back in Pakistan and I know that Karachi has a huge fanbase and I am expecting to see them turn out in large numbers when we play at home at the National Stadium. The PCB will take care of security but at the same time, I do feel for them as they seem to be caught between the devil and the deep blue sea when it comes to this matter. The problem for PCB is that people either complain about providing too much security or not doing enough. What would be ideal in my view, would be to help relax the boys a bit and allow them to leave the hotel and enjoy the wonderful sights in Lahore, Karachi and Multan. I feel Pakistan is a great country and is now one of the top countries to visit according to the Spectator Index in terms of tourism. I know how much cricket means to Pakistanis and how important PSL is for the PCB as they probably got to number 1 in T20 cricket because of that, and long may it continue.”

    “I feel that a tour of Pakistan by Australia will happen one day, but it’s a slow process and the undeniable and unfortunate fact is that the Sri Lankan team was attacked in Pakistan and as a result, a lot of teams have been hesitant to travel to Pakistan. But then we have to consider the fact that in today’s world, attacks are happening everywhere. So, if you are a Muslim, would you still go to New Zealand? Or if you are a Christian, would you be happy to visit Sri Lanka? The fact is that all you need to do is to make sure that security is top-notch and then move on from there. We live in a different world today and the players need to listen to advice and read up about all the things that are happening in the world and make informed decisions. I feel that the PCB, to their immense credit, have done all they can to make sure that players are safe and have also tried to make sure that they have a good time when they visit Pakistan.”
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    So ok to travel to Bangladesh but Pakistan an issue for Australia?


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    Why So Impatient
    A decade is passed another will too
    We are going to have completely different landscape after the next decade Talibans are out of the equation for upcoming years They are exhausted and us is exhausted
    Ghawadar is next big thing more like tons of Different zones its goin to change the outlook of your country
    Karachi is thriving you are going to see bigger and better grounds after 10 years
    Security is going to be as good as any other country
    Wait ,we dont need another fuk up which in the end is only going to delay it 10 years more


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    Cricket Australia cancels all organised cricket nationally and shifts to remote working for allCricket Australia has today announced the cancellation of the Marsh Sheffield Shield final and recommended that all cricket played within the community is ceased for the remainder of the 2019/20 season in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

    MARSH SHEFFIELD SHIELD

    The Marsh Sheffield Shield final has been cancelled and New South Wales declared champions after leading the competition through nine rounds.

    The decision follows Sunday’s announcement that the final round of the Marsh Sheffield Shield season had been cancelled in an effort to reduce travel.

    New South Wales won six, lost two and drew one of their matches this season for a total of 50.76 points. The next best team was Victoria with three wins, three losses and three draws for 38.53 points.

    PREMIER & COMMUNITY CRICKET

    CA has strongly recommended that all amateur cricket played within the community should cease including Community Cricket and Premier Cricket.

    While many competitions are coming to an end, we are mindful that some competitions are only just commencing however the recommendation applies to all competitions and training.

    This decision is consistent with the measures taken to safeguard professional cricket at the elite level and is supported by State and Territory Associations.

    Based on expert advice from CA’s Chief Medical Officer John Orchard and recent government information we want to ensure that cricket is doing everything it can to contribute to the global effort to slow, and eventually stop, the spread of coronavirus.

    While cricket is a relatively safe and non-contact sport there are considerable measures that need to be in place to adhere to expert advice around reducing the risk of spreading the virus. We focused specifically on minimising the risk and impact on the cricket communities that we lead and serve, as well as their families.

    Cricket Australia is continuing to work with State and Territory Associations to ensure we collectively provide ongoing support to local associations and the broader cricket community during this challenging and disruptive time.

    OFFICE CLOSURE

    The safety of our people and their families is paramount, so Cricket Australia offices have been closed and staff advised to work from home until further notice.

    Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive, said these measures emphasise cricket’s commitment to slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

    “By effectively cancelling the remainder of our season, Cricket Australia is playing its part in protecting fans, players, staff, volunteers and match officials during this unprecedented global health issue,” Roberts said. “These are difficult decisions, but the right ones in the circumstances.

    “Many will no doubt be disappointed that the Sheffield Shield, Premier Cricket and Community Cricket seasons won’t have their traditional ending. That said, we congratulate New South Wales who were 12 points clear at the top of the table on being crowned Sheffield Shield champions.

    “As organisations around the world rally to slow the spread of the coronavirus, it’s important that we also provide decisive leadership. We hope that by taking these actions now – in addition to those announced in recent days – we can contribute to ‘flattening the curve’ of coronavirus and society returning to normal as quickly as possible.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post

    Should target england maybe easier option


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