Pakistan unsafe for international cricket: Shahryar Khan

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Published: Saturday, August 10, 2013, 14:48 [IST]
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Pakistan unsafe for cricket: Shahryar

London, Aug 10: Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan has admitted that Pakistan is still unsafe for international teams to play the game.

Pakistan has hosted no international cricket since 2009 after terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore when they were on way to play a Test match against the hosts.

Since that attack which left eight dead and several Sri Lanka players injured, Pakistan has been forced to play their home matches in the United Arab Emirates.

Shahryar Khan told "The Times of India" on Friday (August 10) that he "can't see any international cricket team coming to Pakistan in the foreseeable future."

"It is of prime importance that cricket is revived in Pakistan. Nothing unites people as much as cricket, not even father of the nation Jinnah. From a banker to a camel cart rider, Pakistanis, like Indians, are obsessed with the game. However, security threat to international teams is a reality. If the Sri Lankan cricket team can be attacked, every other team is vulnerable," Shahryar Khan, who is now Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's special envoy, said.

"The huge hurdle of better security climate within Pakistan has to be dealt it," he added in the report.


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