Former Australian cricketer and Islamabad United coach Dean Jones has made it clear that it is essential for Pakistan to uphold strict security standards to attract international cricketers to the country.
In its bid to revive international cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been reaching out to cricket boards around the world to host them in the country. After staging the final of the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Pakistan has hosted a three-match T20I series against ICC World XI and a T20I against Sri Lanka. The West Indies team were to arrive in Pakistan for a three-match T20I series later this month, but the tour was called off due to the players’ unwillingness to travel to Pakistan, according to the media reports.
The PCB is said to be in talks with the South African and Bangladesh cricket boards for tours next year. Moreover, after hosting the PSL final, the World XI, and Sri Lanka in Lahore, the PCB plans to take top-flight cricket to Karachi by hosting the PSL3 final at the National Stadium Karachi next year.
“You have to maintain the security. You drop it and you are in trouble,” Jones, who is in Lahore for the players’ draft for the third edition of the PSL, said. “I am stoked that cricket is coming back in Pakistan. I have been a great advocate of Pakistan cricket and have tried to get teams and players here. We need to change the mind-set of some players and some countries about the brotherhood and love for each other in the cricket community.
“I have spoken already to many board members in Cricket Australia that things are changing in Pakistan. You are on the right track and you are getting the confidence slowly. But you can’t back off from the wonderful work that you have done in the last five years to bring cricket back in the country.”