Scotland, Ireland ready to tour Pakistan: PCB

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LAHORE, Aug 10: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan on Monday said that Scotland and Ireland were willing to tour Pakistan.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Monday, Khan said that efforts were under way to invite foreign teams to Pakistan after the successful tour of Zimbabwe in June this year.

“Security situation is improving in Pakistan day by day and we are hopeful that teams will agree to tour the country,” he said.

Apart from Ireland and Scotland, associate nations like Oman and Hong Kong have shown willingness to play in Pakistan, he said. A schedule in this regard will be finalized soon. He said that International XI would also come to Pakistan next year.

About series with India, he hoped that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would get government’s nod to play a bilateral series with Pakistan according to an MoU signed between the two countries.

“We have also decided to launch Pakistan Super League (PSL) this year,” he announced, saying that league would benefit the country. “We may organize the PSL in Qatar or Dubai,” he said.

To a question, he said that foreign teams feel safe to play in Lahore instead of other cities. The board, however, is trying to persuade foreign teams to play in Karachi also, he added.

 

 

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