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Cricket Ireland CEO expresses interest in sending team for Pakistan tour
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Cricket Ireland CEO expresses interest in sending team for Pakistan tour

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom has said he is hopeful of a future Ireland tour of Pakistan after being impressed with the successful T20I series in Lahore against Sri Lanka.

Pakistan has been forced to play its home series in the United Arab Emirates since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 in Lahore.

However, international cricket has gradually resumed to the South Asian nation and the recently concluded Sri Lanka tour reinforced the notion of impeccable security arrangements in place.

Sri Lanka were originally scheduled to play two Tests in Pakistan under the inaugural World Test Championship but agreed to play six short-form games after several players withdrew due to security concerns.

Speaking with the PCB podcast, Deutrom reaffirmed his commitment to playing a role in bringing international cricket to Pakistan.

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“It is a great pleasure to be here. First of all, we have been treated fabulously well. The courtesy, the generosity, the hospitality, the warmth, the love of cricket is plainly obvious for anyone to see.

“Cricket Ireland is now a Test nation and we certainly feel it is important that we play our part in being a mature and grownup member of the cricket family," he added.

"We want to play our part in assisting getting international cricket back in Pakistan."

'We will speak with other boards that have been to Pakistan'

Deutrom claimed his two-day trip to Pakistan had eliminated doubts regarding the security situation in the country as he experienced it first-hand.

“To be honest until you see it for yourself, you come with a set of preconceptions, and I think this visit, which was generously made at the invitation of the Pakistan Cricket Board, would begin to change those perceptions.

“What we saw in Islamabad and Lahore is the extraordinary lengths to which the cricket authorities, the security authorities, the government and police, have been working together to restore a sense of normality," he said.

Pakistan is already scheduled to tour the Netherlands and Ireland next year before the England series later in the summer.

Deutrom said a return trip to Pakistan would be finalized following input from the government, security experts and other member boards.

"We will do what we always have always done when we consider such tours, which is to engage with our governments, security experts and insurers, and of course talk to our players.

"We will speak with the other boards that have been here in the past, obviously Sri Lanka Cricket, and others that have come here in recent years. Should we receive an invitation, we will go through the steps above and will take it extremely seriously."