LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi on Thursday said that the doors of international cricket have opened to Pakistan and PCB’s efforts for the resumption of international cricket have started paying off.
He was speaking at the Gadaffi stadium at the logo unveiling ceremony of Pakistan-Windies three T20 match series starting from April first at Karachi.
“The PCB is thankful to all the sponsors and stakeholders for their support for this historic series that sees the return of international cricket to Karachi after nine long years. We are committed to full restoration of international cricket in the country and for that, we need the continued support of our esteemed sponsors. We look forward to a highly entertaining T20I series that will keep the passionate cricket supporters in Karachi fully engaged and entertained,” he said.
The PCB Chief said that it was heartening that foreign cricket teams have started visiting Pakistan which will be having a greater impact on the future of cricket in Pakistan.
“We don’t only believe in making hollow promises, we believe in delivering, which is evident from PCB’s continuous efforts for the cause of the return of international cricket in Pakistan”, he added.
Answering a question, he informed that Cricket West Indies wants that the names of players who are part of the team be disclosed with a bit delay.
“After the tour of West Indies team, other foreign teams will also visit Pakistan as we are working on staging international cricket in Pakistan on regular basis,” said
He informed that the Pak-India bilateral cricket series matter is before the International Cricket Council (ICC) and in a few months time this issue will be resolved. “I just can not share details or discuss this matter which is being heard by the ICC,” he added.
The PCB chairman said he was happy on staging the PSL final at Karachi, as at one stage people were not sure that it will take place in the port city and they were having doubts regarding the tour of the Windies tour as well.