Afghan captain urges intl teams to visit Pak

Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Islamabad, May 24: Nawroz Mangal, the captain of the Afghanistan cricket team, has urged other international sides to support Pakistan by touring the country despite the security concerns.

"Look the security situation is nearly the same all over the world. It is not an ideal situation anywhere nowadays but life has to go on so must sporting activities," Mangal told PTI on the eve of his team''s first one-day match against the Pakistan ''A'' side at the Diamond Club ground.

"Security remains a concern everywhere but teams need to support Pakistan cricket by playing here," he said.

The Afghanistan captain said his team was satisfied with the security assurances and arrangements made by the host board and government.

"For us to get a chance to play a proper representative series against a Test playing nation is a big step forward, so we are thinking about cricket and doing well," he said.

Afghanistan is set to become the first foreign team to play a representative cricket match in Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March, 2009.

Six Pakistani policemen and a van driver were killed in the attack on March 3 while five Sri Lankan players were also wounded.

Pakistan also lost their share of 2011 World Cup matches after the brutal attack.

Today, the Sri Lankan cricket board also turned down an official invitation from the Pakistan board to play in the crisis-torn country later this year. .


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