Afghans are first team to play on Pak soil after terror strike

Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Afghans first to play in Pak post attack

Islamabad, May 25: Afghanistan became the first international cricket team that played on Pakistan soil after the terror attacks on Sri Lankan team back in 2009.

The minnows lost to Pakistan ''A'' side on Wednesday at the Diamond club ground.

But more than the result the greater significance of the match was that it was the first representative match by an international team to be played in Pakistan since the tragic attack on the Sri Lankan team two years back.

No foreign team has visited Pakistan since March, 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore and killed six Pakistani policemen and a van driver while wounding five of the visiting players.

Given the significance of the match and the security issues facing the country, the PCB administrators took no chances with the security during the match and the presence of security personal was strong throughout the match.

Pakistan''s former captain Rashid Latif said while he would have liked to see his team open the three-match tour with a win but he was pleased to see a foreign team playing on Pakistan soil once again.

"Obviously, for every Pakistani it is a disappointment that no foreign team has come here for the last two years.

Hopefully this tour by the Afghanistan team will now usher in a new start for Pakistan cricket," Latif, who is now coach of the Afghanistan team said. .


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