ISLAMABAD: After government of Punjab’s excuse to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials regarding provision of foolproof security due to political activities, the chances of World Eleven’s tour to Pakistan have been diminished.
According to sources, top officials of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) held meeting with officials of government of Punjab and informed them about the tour of World Eleven. Security situation was also discussed during the meeting.
PCB officials informed the government of Punjab about World Eleven’s tour to Pakistan from September 11 to 19 and organizing three T/20 matches in Qaddafi stadium. They asserted that arrival and successful tour can help open doors for international cricket. They asked Punjab government to ensure foolproof security for successful organize of the event.
The sources said that government of Punjab expressed their excuse due to prevailing security situation in Lahore because election would be held on September 17 on NA 120. They said political momentum would be in full swing and hence the government of Punjab can not take any security risk.
The sources said that Punjab government make an advice to arrange the tour in October till calm down of the political activities. It is worth to mention that holy month of Moharram will commence during the last week of September while it would not be possible for the government to provide security. This will bump to the efforts of PCB for restoration of cricket in Pakistan.
Sri Lankan cricket team paid last tour to Pakistan in March 2009. After attack on Sri Lanka team, Pakistan’s cricket ground became deserted. After that Zimbabwe was the only team, which visited Pakistan. The final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) was played amid tight security arrangements. ICC officials and cricket board representatives of other countries also reviewed security arrangements.
Head of ICC task force Giles Clarke had promised regarding tour of the World Eleven to Pakistan and ICC also gave permission of it but tour was cancelled due to blast at Ferozepur road in Lahore.