Wasim Khan, the incoming managing director of the PCB, hopes that Australia may be persuaded to return to Pakistan for the primary time in additional than 20 years within the early months of 2019.
Australia, who final performed in Pakistan in late 1998, are at present scheduled to play 5 ODIs in opposition to Pakistan within the UAE in March. However Wasim is eager to make sure any perceived safety gaps are closed in order that Australia may be persuaded to play matches in Pakistan at first of that collection in an try and carry regular international cricket back to the country.
“I’ll ask the query,” Wasim informed ESPNcricinfo. “We are going to proceed to supply them the very best degree safety and, if they’ve any considerations, we’ll act to satisfy them.”
Pakistan have been obliged to play the overwhelming majority of their worldwide cricket within the UAE since a terrorist assault on the Sri Lanka group convoy in Lahore in March 2009. Whereas Zimbabwe performed some limited-overs video games in Lahore in 2015, Sri Lanka returned for a one-off T20I in 2017 and there have additionally been appearances by a World XI (2017) and West Indies (2018), the return of Australia would mark a major step within the nation’s rehabilitation as a cricketing venue.
Wasim may also invite an MCC group to tour the nation within the coming months – it’s understood the topic has already been broached with the MCC chief govt Man Lavender – and invite county groups to make use of the wonderful academy facility in Lahore as a part of their pre-season coaching plans.
Leicestershire, the place Wasim stays chief govt till the top of January, are the plain candidates. They at present haven’t any pre-season journeys deliberate in 2019, with Wasim accepting that such a go to could should be sponsored by the PCB.
A couple of PSL matches have additionally returned to Pakistan over the past couple of years, with quite a few overseas gamers concerned. Eight fixtures are as a consequence of be staged there, break up between Karachi and Lahore, within the 2018 season, which begins in February.
“It’s going to most likely be a strategy of child steps,” Wasim continued. “I want to take a seat down with different boards and ask them: the place are the gaps in our plans that fear you? What can we do to guarantee you? What is going to it take to get you to return again? I wish to hear what considerations they’ve and discover a approach of assembly them.
“We’ve got wonderful amenities. We’ve got an ideal ardour for the sport. If we are able to get extra overseas gamers coming to Pakistan extra usually, hopefully we are able to normalise taking part in within the nation once more.”
Learn ESPNcricinfo’s full interview with Wasim Khan on Friday