Teams not willing to tour Pakistan, admits Ashraf

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Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 16:15 [IST]
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Nobody wants to tour Pakistan: Ashraf

Karachi, Jun 28: Pakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf expressed his displeasure as none of the international teams are willing to tour the country due to security concerns.

"No one is interested in tours. All the boards point towards the lack of security in Pakistan," Ashraf said.

Ashraf expressed his disappointment after attending ICC's annual conference in Kuala Lumpur, where in he tried to convince the boards about touring the country and about revival of a bilateral series.

However, the PCB chairman was given a cold shoulder as none of the international boards came forward to tour the country.

Interestingly, the country has not hosted a Test nation since 2009 after the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus which heaved a sigh of relief as Bangladesh agreed to tour the country in April to play a two match series while intervention from a Dhaka court led to the cancellation of that tour.

Since then Pakistan's efforts to host a series has gone futile as they have made UAE their cricketing home, to host matches as international teams weren't willing to tour the country due to security concerns.

"Some officials also spoke about Gaddafi Stadium wall. They were carrying the stories and asked me how they could play amid serious security issues," he said.

PCB facing many issues with the destruction of the wall by Gulberg town municipal corporation, which stated that the wall was built without its approval and on a green belt, while the board claims that the wall was built in accordance with ICC's security standards.


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