By Muhammad Asif Khan
Karachi: First the tour of Zimbabwe team in 2015, then the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final earlier this year and now the most significant of them all, the tour of the world XI, culminated only recently, however the question remains has the door of international cricket opened on Pakistan?
Earlier, this correspondent approached the Pakistan Task team chairman, Giles Clarke who said still there is some distance to cover especially in terms of technical capabilities.
Another important party to this subject, Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA), is still skeptical about full scale revival of international cricket events in Pakistan, anytime soon.
In a video message, to this correspondent, the executive chairman of FICA, Tony Irish expressed happiness over the successful conclusion of the Independence Cup (T20i matches series between Pakistan & World XI).
“I’m glad for the players, the fans and for cricket in Pakistan that the World XI series went well in Lahore and that there were no security problems. Credit to those involved in the security process”, Tony Irish said.
Irish, also the chief executive of South African cricketers’ association, said every future tour to Pakistan will be assessed independently.
“Regarding any future bilateral cricket tours to Pakistan it will be important to ensure that each tour is separately assessed using a consistent approach and decisions on touring only made following each assessment”, Tony Irish further said.