Pakistan now is as safe as anywhere in the world: PCB CEO
After a terrorist attack on Sri Lankan team while returning home, cricket has been off for a long time. After that Pakistan has turned no stone unturned to return international cricket in the country.
Many cricketers also think that Pakistan is safe for playing now. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan firmly believes that Pakistan now is as safe as anywhere in the world’, so he urged every team to play in Pakistan.
International cricket has started returning to Pakistan a bit slowly. Sri Lanka has visited the country for three ODIs, three T20 Internationals and two Tests towards the end of previous year.
Recently, Bangladesh also played three T20 Internationals in January and a Test match in February 2020.
Bangladesh were supposed to return in April for a one-off ODI and another Test. Both of which would have been held in Karachi. But it has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the globe.
Moreover, the entire Pakistan Super League (PSL) was held entirely in Pakistan for the first time recently, and many international players participated in the tournament. After all these PCB CEO Wasim sees ‘no reason for countries not to come’.
“Pakistan now is as safe as anywhere in the world,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “As a country, we had to take a good look at ourselves after that incident about the safety and security we provide around players.
“The lessons learned are clear – you have to be as tight as possible and that is something the county certainly has been. The work done by security and government cleaning up the country has been incredible.
“The isolated incidents on the borders are very much away from the major cities – the cities have now been incident-free for a very long time. Our margin for error is pretty low so we have to be on top of our game with security. We provide high-level state security now and we’re pretty confident we can provide a safe environment for players who come over here. As far as I’m concerned, there is no reason for countries not to come.”