No ‘miraculous’ return of int’l cricket to Pakistan
The ICC on Saturday ruled out an "overnight miraculous" return of international cricket to Pakistan even though it was satisfied with the successful staging of the Independence Cup in Lahore.
"Returning full-time international cricket back to Pakistan is not going to be an overnight miracle. It has to take time. The PSL final was the first step, this is the second," ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said in a video messages. "We have now shown that events can be staged in one city over a short period of time in a Twenty20 format. Now, the next steps have to be taken, meaning can they be rolled out in more than one city over a longer period of time. Probably the next steps would be a tour by a Full Member country as opposed to a composite team."
Satisfied with the conduct of the tournament, Richardson said this will give a lot of confidence to big teams such as Australians and South Africans. "I am very satisfied. Back in 2009, the confidence in the security in Pakistan was at an all-time low. But over the past 12 to 24 months, Pakistan has made improvements in that,” he said.