Australia see no plans to play in Pakistan in near future

Ruben Hill
September 19, 2017

As the three-match Independence Cup wrapped up on Friday with a convincing Pakistani win in front of a capacity crowd at Gaddafi Stadium, the elation was coupled with a massive sigh of relief; the series was a success, and took place without any security incident whatsoever.

Du Plessis, one part of the team of star players like Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir, George Bailey, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel, David Miller, Paul Collingwood and several others who lost the series 2-1 to Sarfraz Ahmed and co, believes the response from the Pakistani cricket fans was overwhelming.

"Pakistan and Pakistan cricket is always important for me, today I am here for Pakistan cricket and to thank the people who have been supporting Pakistan cricket", Afridi told media in Lahore.

Former West Indies skipper Sir Richie Richardson was the designated ICC match-referee for all the three games at Lahore.

While the term "presidential security" is one that would have given the visiting players comfort, there are other options which could at least make it less stifling and more hospitable for global players.

The ICC had earlier contracted an global security firm to review the security structure in the country on an annual basis for a period of three years. "I would love to taste the other variety on my next visit". Australia last toured Pakistan in 1998.

Let it be known that Pakistan are to play Sri Lanka from September 28 to October 29 in a full-fledged series consisting two Tests, five one-day internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 internationals (T20Is). They also left Pakistan with admiration for the cricketing fraternity and fans of the cricket-mad nation. The PCB has had to rely on heavy financial incentives for the visiting players to draw them to the country so far. "All of us (players) feel secure", Elliot was quoted as saying by Geo News ahead of the final T20 match of the Independence Cup. "The PSL final was the first step, this is the second".

Such expenditures in the long-run will not be sustainable for the PCB but that is the price it pays now to assure the cricketers of their safety.

"Good to see that cricket is back, I give credit to PCB". For more than eight years worldwide teams, excluding Zimbabwe, refused to visit Pakistan because of security fears. It has to take time.

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