Security a concern not just in Pakistan, says Sangakkara
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) President and Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara said that security is a major concern not just in Pakistan, but everyone in the world.
Sangakkara said this on Thursday ahead of MCC’s first match of the Pakistan tour against Lahore Qalandars on February 14, which will be a 20-over affair.
The 15-member MCC squad including 12 players led by Sangakkara reached Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore on Thursday morning.
Following his arrival in the country he last toured 10 years ago, the former Sri Lanka captain said every team needs to play at home. To be noted, he was part of the Sri Lankan team that was attacked in Lahore in 2009.
“The more times that international teams tour, the stronger that message becomes. The MCC is here because one of our core philosophies […] is that the spirit of cricket transcends most barriers that sometimes keep nations and people apart,” said the MCC President.
This is after a gap of 47 years that the MCC have made their visit to Pakistan. Sangakkara also credited the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Wasim Khan for making the tour happen.
“A tour to Pakistan has been under discussion for some time, but it was seeing Khan’s enthusiasm, the arrangements and the improvements that have been made, that was an eye opener,” he said.
Apart from Sangakkara, the MCC squad also include Ravi Bopara, Michael Burgess, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Fred Klaassen, Michael Leask, Arron Lilley, Imran Qayyum, Will Rhodes, Safyaan Sharif, Roelof van der Merwe, Ross Whiteley.