Zaka Ashraf wants teams to tour Pakistan
PCB chief says Bangladesh could be the first team to come to Pakistan to play in the internationationals
Will Bangladesh tour Pakistan?
The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has hoped that Pakistan’s ongoing series against England in UAE will be their last ‘home’ series playing in another country.
The PCB has proceeded to arrange a home series in Pakistan against Bangladesh which Ashraf hoped would pave the way for hosting future home series. He wished the England series would be their last one to be held at a foreign country and anticipated the Bangladesh series in April would break the ice and make the ICC to permit them to host international series like other board members.
He also ensured that the Pakistan Government had given their full support regarding this matter. He considered hosting cricket at neutral venues as a tough task for both the team and the board and which deprived the players from getting home advantage.
Bangladesh team will visit Pakistan only after getting the green signal over the security issue. The BCB will send a team to assess the situation in Pakistan and the decision will be taken on the basis of that assessment. Before sending their officials, the ICC will also send a team in Pakistan to judge the security situation there.
After the Bangladesh series, Pakistan are scheduled to play a home series against Australia in August-September 2012, and then one against South Africa in October 2013.
Ashraf also hinted the possibility of an India-Pakistan mutual series to take place. But, the Indian Government’s indifference in permitting its players to play against Pakistan prompted Ashraf to write to their foreign ministry to persuade India at a diplomatic level.
He also talked over the increment in the pay scales of the players which is their reward for giving a wonderful last year despite the blows that bruised Pakistan cricket.
Though the former PCB chairman Ijaz Butt was criticized over the ‘spot fixing’ scandal, Ashraf claimed everything to be running smoothly since his taking over the position. He said, “the smooth functioning of the board is ultimately reflected in the performance of the team, and we are doing so well."
Pakistan lead the ongoing series against England 1-0 after a convincing win in Dubai.