Pakistan looking to bid for ICC events
On the back of an encouraging revival of international cricket in the country, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is now looking to host ICC events as well. The board chairman Ehsan Mani revealed this on Wednesday.
According to Mani, PCB would “aggressively” bid for hosting the International Cricket Council (ICC) events in the 2023-2031 period.
The PCB boss also claimed that the interest of foreign players to take part in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) also proves that they have confidence to play in Pakistan.
“As many as 450 foreign players had showed their willingness to play in the PSL-5 and out of them 36 players were picked by the six franchises. It reflects the confidence of foreign players and teams as Test cricket was revived also,” he said.
“Now the PCB will aggressively bid for the ICC events to be held in the 2023-2031 period.”
Mani also said that bringing back PSL in Pakistan reflects their achievement to fulfil their promise. “Around 11 months back we said that the next PSL would be in Pakistan. Today we are going to fulfil our promise,” the PCB chief said.
The fifth season of the PSL commences on Thursday with the opening match of the competition taking place between two-time champions Islamabad United and defending champions Quetta Gladiators.
This is the first time for the PSL to be entirely held in Pakistan, with Karachi set to host nine fixtures, Lahore 14, Rawalpindi eight and Multan three between February 20 to March 22.