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Misbah wants cricket world to help revive international cricket in Pakistan
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Misbah wants cricket world to help revive international cricket in Pakistan

Misbah-ul-Haq has requested the cricket fraternity to play an active role in the gradual resumption of regular international cricket in Pakistan ahead of the six limited-overs fixtures against Sri Lanka.

Misbah, Pakistan's newly appointed head coach and chief selector, believed the time was ripe for conducting full-scale international series on home soil in light of better security conditions.

Pakistan is scheduled to take on Sri Lanka for three one-day internationals, the first such series in the country since the Zimbabwe tour in 2015, and as many T20 internationals.

Sri Lanka's latest visit marks their second tour to Pakistan following the terrorist attack on its team in Lahore in 2009.

The horrific incident a decade ago forced Pakistan to shift their 'home' venue to the United Arab Emirates, depriving fans back in the South Asian country the chance to witness the cricketers in action.

Although the current series against Sri Lanka was initially hindered by the withdrawal of top ten players over security apprehensions but the defence ministry has permitted the cricket board to go ahead with the tour.

Misbah, who begins his first international assignment in the coaching capacity on Friday, appealed to the cricket community to "do more."

"Cricket world need to do more, not only for Pakistan but for any country where it is hit," he said.

The remaining two ODIs will also be held at the National Stadium before the three T20Is in Lahore on October 5, 7 and 9.

'I hope the world will support us more and more'

Misbah never got a chance to captain Pakistan at home despite reigning as the leader of his side for seven years in Test cricket.

"I know it would have been a tough decision for Sri Lanka to tour," he said.

The 45-year-old emphasized efforts were needed by the cricket world to quench the thirst of fans in Pakistan.

"Pakistan is a cricket-loving country and it would be injustice to deprive them of international cricket, so I hope that the world will support us more and more."

He warned the absence of international cricket in the country could ultimately lead to its collapse.

"Otherwise the survival of cricket will be difficult."

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Misbah reiterated Pakistan's young squad was anticipating the encounter on September 27 with most of them participating in a home ODI for the first time in their careers.

"It's a special moment for all of us and players are excited as well as emotional, playing before their home fans and at home ground, so it's really special."