Pakistan Still Not Ready to Host Tours

July 21, 2012 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

Former Pakistan pace bowler, Shoaib Akhtar, has suggested that his country is still not in a position to guarantee the safety of visiting cricket teams, and that the Pakistan Cricket Board should continue to host tours in neighbouring countries.

Akhtar, who retired from international cricket following the 2011 World Cup, stressed that whilst the Pakistani government could not guarantee the safety of their own citizens they should not invite visiting teams.

“Our citizens are not safe, and there is a war going on in the country. Therefore, inviting a team in these conditions will be risky,” he said.

Pakistan have not hosted a Test playing nation since March 2009, when the Sri Lankan team were attacked by militants in Lahore.

Akhtar is concerned by the possibility of a repeat of that attack. “What if a visiting team is attacked again? So, I would advise to the PCB not to invite foreign teams since the country is not in a position to stage any international event,” he said.

Pakistan’s next ‘home’ fixtures are against Australia, who they face in three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches. Cricket fans who like to bet on sports will no doubt be relieved to see that Pakistan are still an active part of the Test circuit.

These matches will be held in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai and, if they are to mount any sort of a challenge in the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, they will need to show a significant improvement in form.

In their most recent series, Pakistan were humbled in Sri Lanka, with the hosts winning the Test series and the one day international series; the two game twenty20 series ended in a draw.

Pakistan’s twenty20 World Cup campaign begins on September 23rd, when they face New Zealand in Kandy. Get a head start on your gambling rivals by visiting the online betting page on Bet365.


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