No ‘mirac­u­lous’ re­turn of int’l cricket to Pak­istan

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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.

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