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    "Bringing MCC as the 1st non-Asian touring team to come to Pak is a huge achievement" : Wasim Khan

    Wasim Khan at a press conference with Kumar Sangakkara:

    "On behalf of the PCB, I'd like to welcome the MCC. Particularly Kumar Sangakkara. Back in September, I was invited to the ICC World Cricket Committee to make a presentation on the security situation in Pakistan.

    "What became apparent from an early time was that Kumar was a huge advocate for Pakistan. He was an ambassador for bringing cricket back to Pakistan and he understood what it meant for the nation to have cricket on home soil. It's a momentous occasion for us to have the MCC coming back to Pakistan after 48 years.

    "MCC is the biggest and most prestigious cricket club in the world, based at Lord's, the Home of Cricket. This is a very symbolic moment for us. We've seen huge progress over the past few months to bring white-ball cricket to Pakistan sustainably. But more importantly, Test cricket which is the health check of a cricketing nation.

    "Getting cricket back and bringing MCC as the first non-Asian touring team to come to Pakistan is a huge achievement, a great moment for us and we're delighted that we invited MCC and they accepted.

    "The MCC is made up of a lot of good FC players, established FC players. We're delighted that we've got a number of counties represented in this squad. I'd like to extend our thanks as a nation for his support and for the MCC's in coming over to Pakistan.

    "Asian teams are coming to Pakistan but to get the MCC here is a major coup. To understand the symbolic nature of the MCC, you need to look at the history of the game and where cricket has emanated from. MCC have been the custodians of the game for a long time, based at Lord's. For us to secure the MCC and for them to come to Pakistan is a huge coup for us. Until we break that barrier of having non-Asian countries coming, it's always going to be difficult to make that first step.

    "Kumar has been adamant from the word go that Pakistan was a safe place to play cricket. There was a need to bring cricket back to the country for the nation and the people. Also for our sustainability as a nation. We thrive on youngsters growing up on the streets playing cricket and we need local role models and it's difficult to have them when they're playing thousands of miles away in the UAE.

    "To have cricket back in our own nation, youngsters will watch the game and see their heroes play. We need the youngsters coming through wanting to be the next Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Babar Azam or Shaheen Afridi.

    "We're expecting SA to make a decision in the next few days. The board are supportive, they're speaking to the players to address any issues or concerns they might have.

    "There's a huge willingness from the BCCI and PCB to play against eachother. Cricket is the thing that we as a nation love and the Indian people love. Sadly, there are always political factors involved that are outside our control. Realistically, bilateral series may not happen for a period of time but ultimately, cricket transcends all barriers and brings nations and people together. At some stage, we will resume cricket because that's what the people and players of both countries want.

    "When we apply state level security, which the PM signs off, some protocols have to be followed. It's not ideal for Lahore, Karachi, etc., for roads to be closed off, shops in the vicinity are closed. We understand that it creates a disruption for people. We have to find the balance that is right where players and officials feel comfortable and also to not hinder the lives of people living in those cities. We haven't got it right yet but as more countries come, it will become easier. We can start to lower the level of security.

    "With the MCC team, we've organised for them to play golf. PSL teams will be playing golf and will be going to shopping centres, they will be doing as many normal things as possible but there is a protocol that we have to follow. We're never going to become complacent as a country, we've seen major things happen here in the past and we're moving forward. We're delighted that cricket is coming back to normality gradually.

    "We are hopeful of putting a strong case to the ICC for hosting at least 1 if not 2 ICC global events in the new rights cycle.

    "SA will come to Pakistan in January next year. They will play 2 Tests and 3 T20Is when they come. We will try to provide a more balanced schedule of matches. With short tours, it makes sense to have them in one city."
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    After 47 years, its been a while.

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    Not really. Itís just a few domestic and retired players. Doesnít mean anything

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    Of course it means something... it is, as he is clearly saying, a first step towards getting England, Australia and NZ to tour here. I don’t know why Pk people expect miracles and scoff at anything less than that... everything takes time and effort.

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    Pakistan is still at least 20 years away from hosting Australia, NZ and England. I think this MCC tour is just a waste of money and resources

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    Quote Originally Posted by minamino View Post
    Pakistan is still at least 20 years away from hosting Australia, NZ and England. I think this MCC tour is just a waste of money and resources
    No itís not. All of these tours are important to ensure that we hold teams for Ransom when they refuse to tour, and have to concede free ICC points. Or they have no choice to send a C team as the lives of A team guys are far more valuable apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minamino View Post
    Pakistan is still at least 20 years away from hosting Australia, NZ and England. I think this MCC tour is just a waste of money and resources
    ? What are you basing your 20 years away figure on? Australia have said they will strongly consider touring on 2023 when they are next scheduled to come to Pakistan according to FTP. That is the target and you cannot just sit around waiting for it to happen. You have to take these steps to reassure the world.

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    Absolutely amazing to see when people just throw random numbers out of nothing to make a point. It's like being in a corporate meeting when someone who is asked a simple question first stutters, then stumbles, then throws mumbo jumbo in the form of corporate jargon ultimately finishing the diatribe with arbitrary numbers as a final act.


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    Quote Originally Posted by minamino View Post
    Pakistan is still at least 20 years away from hosting Australia, NZ and England. I think this MCC tour is just a waste of money and resources
    Where do these random numbers come from? If PSL goes successfully, those teams will play at least LOI cricket in Pakistan, if not test cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsan17 View Post
    Where do these random numbers come from? If PSL goes successfully, those teams will play at least LOI cricket in Pakistan, if not test cricket.
    Insha Allah ...... within 2-3 years other teams will start touring Pakistan, couple of pp posters have negative mindset in their lives !!!!!!! we cant help it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minamino View Post
    Pakistan is still at least 20 years away from hosting Australia, NZ and England. I think this MCC tour is just a waste of money and resources
    South africa is coming in this year ..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonewarrior View Post
    South africa is coming in this year ..
    Did I write SA? SA is a cash-strapped board which is in urgent need of money. PCB can offer them good money to tour Pakistan.

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    Hosting cricket without any incidents is vital to get cricket full time back into Pakistan. Don't get how people are complaining about this. Sangakkara coming is a big boost. Remember he was 1 of the players attacked and he is still willing to travel now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minamino View Post
    Did I write SA? SA is a cash-strapped board which is in urgent need of money. PCB can offer them good money to tour Pakistan.
    Except that isn't happening.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Hosting cricket without any incidents is vital to get cricket full time back into Pakistan. Don't get how people are complaining about this. Sangakkara coming is a big boost. Remember he was 1 of the players attacked and he is still willing to travel now.
    Some of these posters like @Mamoon are just haters. Every great person has haters. They will realize in a few years of the benefits that will be flowing

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoFresh23 View Post
    Some of these posters like @Mamoon are just haters. Every great person has haters. They will realize in a few years of the benefits that will be flowing
    Some people just expect Australia and New Zealand to come running at the first opportunity. They will only come when they have seen many tours being held safely. So we need to have tours like these without any incidents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Some people just expect Australia and New Zealand to come running at the first opportunity. They will only come when they have seen many tours being held safely. So we need to have tours like these without any incidents.
    Thank you. There are steps that need to be taken. Like u said people expect for the top teams to come right away. You have to build confidence and have a good reputation with other boards. U also have to communicate very well and in a professional way which Wasim Khan does and inshaallah will continue to do so

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    West Indies was a non-Asian team and technically so was the world xi


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    who else is part of MCC? Can anyone confirm the squad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.A.Z View Post
    West Indies was a non-Asian team and technically so was the world xi
    Zimbabwe also.

    As a matter of fact, Zimbabwe was the first team to visit Pakistan (back in 2015 or 2016).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Some people just expect Australia and New Zealand to come running at the first opportunity. They will only come when they have seen many tours being held safely. So we need to have tours like these without any incidents.
    I don't think anyone is expecting them to come any time soon. Simple reason - they don't have an FTP planned for a few years. However, if things go as planned, we should see them play a large chunk of their next series in Pakistan, if not all of it. IMO, holding PSL is far more important than any tour. PSL a lot more difficult given the number of games and number of players, so that will build a lot more confidence than individual tours.

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    Read this from Sangakkara:

    "A tour to Pakistan by the MCC has been in discussion but until we saw the passion that Wasim had and saw the improvements and arrangements that have been made, it was an eye-opener. Following that presentation, the decision was swiftly made that it's time to actually come and tour this wonderful cricketing nation."


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    Is the match against lahore being televised?

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    When is the game.
    also pcb marketing dept needs to up it's game.
    We want the stadiums rammed for all these games. It sends a different message out to the cricket world


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah View Post
    When is the game.
    also pcb marketing dept needs to up it's game.
    We want the stadiums rammed for all these games. It sends a different message out to the cricket world



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    West Indies: "Are we a joke to you ?"


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    Zimbabwe also.

    As a matter of fact, Zimbabwe was the first team to visit Pakistan (back in 2015 or 2016).
    Yes, exactly


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    Kumar Sangakkara (Captain), Ravi Bopara, Michael Burgess, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Fred Klaassen, Michael Leask, Arron Lilley, Imran Qayyum, Will Rhodes, Safyaan Sharif, Roelof van der Merwe and Ross Whiteley.

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    Going back: Upswing in foreigners for Pakistan’s T20 league

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Security concerns stopped foreign cricketers from touring Pakistan four years ago when the country’s premier domestic Twenty20 tournament was launched, forcing organizers to stage the event on neutral turf in the United Arab Emirates.

    When the 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League starts in Karachi on Thursday, Darren Sammy of the West Indies and Shane Watson of Australia will be among 36 foreign cricketers involved in the six franchises.

    “The foreign players coming is a huge bonus for us,” Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan told the Associated Press. “It’s a massive step forward because they (foreign players) clearly believe that it’s safe to be here for 4-5 weeks.”

    The return of international cricket has been a slow process in Pakistan following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team’s bus in Lahore during a test series in 2009.

    For this T20 event, the PCB has worked with the Federation of International Cricketers Association and also shared its security plans with foreign stars to make them feel safe in Pakistan.

    “We firmly believe now that we are in a good position,” Wasim said. “We’re delighted there are so many players coming here and it’s a great endorsement for us as a country.”

    Pakistan cricket went into isolation for more than six years after the attack near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in 2009.

    There was a ray of hope in 2015 when Zimbabwe toured for limited-overs series but it wasn’t enough for the Pakistan to host its first PSL tournament the following year, forcing organizers to stage it in the UAE.

    In 2017, the PSL final was played at a packed Gaddafi Stadium, in stark contrast to the group-stage matches that were contested in mostly empty venues in the UAE.

    Over the next two years, a World XI, Sri Lanka and the West Indies also played limited-overs matches in Pakistan, and more PSL games were staged in Lahore and Karachi.

    The PCB overcame another barrier when it hosted test matches last year in Pakistan for the first time in a decade. Pakistan successfully hosted two tests against Sri Lanka in December and, after a lot of negotiations, last month managed to convince Bangladesh to play a test in Rawalpindi.

    All the ‘cricket comes home’ activities, of course, require heavy security surrounding the foreign teams, with the kind of armed security and road closures usually reserved for visiting heads of state . Visiting players have had virtually no movement outside the team hotels or match venues — although a few Sri Lanka players went to a shopping mall while they stayed in the federal capital.

    But Wasim believes that over time, the blanket security can be eased and players will feel more relaxed.

    “Certainly it’s something that we are looking at,” he said. “The more we play at home, the more confidence people have, the better it will become. We certainly can’t sustain state-level security.”

    More freedom of movement for visiting players and ensuring costs for security don’t overburden federal and local governments has to be balanced, Wasim said, with “making sure we never become complacent and we provide the right level of security.”

    In a bid to reassure cricket officials from countries such as Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa about the security situation, Pakistan invited the Marylebone Cricket Club — the guardians of the laws of cricket — for limited-overs matches in Lahore.

    Led by ex-Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who is also MCC president, the players have had VIP-level security, which is a slightly lower level than that provided to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka squads for recent series.

    “MCC have played golf ... so we’ve given them level of freedom which under VIP status you can afford. Certainly that’s something that we wish to moving forward as well,” Wasim said.

    Sangakkara has also backed Pakistan’s efforts to resume international cricket in Pakistan.

    “Security is always a major concern everywhere is the world,” Sangakkara said. “In Pakistan I think the steps that have been taken over the past few years have instilled great amounts of confidence in the cricketing nations beyond the shores of Pakistan and slowly but surely that confidence is building up.

    “The more times international sides tour that message becomes stronger and becomes harder to ignore.”

    And Wasim believes the need for Pakistan to ‘host’ international cricket series in neutral countries is closer to ending.

    “There’s no reason for us to play anywhere else now,” Wasim said. “Cricket has firmly resumed within the country and we fully expect this to be the way moving forward.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...c09_story.html


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