Saturday, January 12, 2013

ICC CEO does not agree to convince other nations to play in Pakistan

It has been long years that no cricketing nation has visited Pakistan to play a bilateral series. The reason of not visiting Pakistan is the lack of security. Since 2009, after a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team’s bus, no cricket playing nation has visited Pakistan to play a series.
It seems that ICC CEO, Dave Richardson, does not take the responsibility of convincing other cricket playing nations to start playing in Pakistan. He thinks that only Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can convince other nations to play cricket in Pakistan.
According to Richardson, ICC’s role is limited when it comes to bilateral tours. So, PCB will have to play the major role in building confidence of cricketing nations.
Richardson says, “Security is not something that is taken lightly by anybody and making a decision as to whether it's safe or not involves a serious assessment of the risk. And it's up to the member countries to decide.”
It is obviously a big problem for Pakistan because they cannot organize any series in their own soil. They had to select neutral venues ranging from Dubai to London to arrange their home matches.