Published On: Sat, Jul 30th, 2016

West Indies team was close to ink a deal with Pak

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has revealed that the board was near to pen an agreement with West Indies cricket team to have a few limited-over matches in the country, but a bomb blast in Lahore in March wrecked the arrangement.

Najam Sethi, who directs PCB’s executive committee, has stated that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was on the edge of approving to play some matches of the planned series in Pakistan, nevertheless, the horror event at Gulshan Park, Lahore compelled the visitors to evaluate their security issues.

Sethi, who is the 16th and former, caretaker, chief minister of Punjab and is an award-winning yet controversial Pakistani journalist, editor, and media personality, said “We nearly convinced them that they needed to support us by playing [cricket] in Pakistan,” he continued by saying that “We told them this gesture would help us convince other teams to tour the country as well, despite their security concerns.”

He was arrested in 1999 by Inter-Services Intelligence pursuing an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation on government corruption, and detained for almost a month, further stated, “However, after the bomb blast at Gulshan Park, they told us that the security situation in Pakistan was not right for them to send their team at this time.”

The both cricket teams will yet play the complete series in UAE, which has been Pakistan’s field since 2009 later than radicals assaulted the Sri Lankan team in Lahore. Just Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Afghanistan have come to the country for small visits in previous seven years.

The chairman of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) furthermore added that the board had bought four bulletproof buses for the reason of safety, and was, in addition, constructing extra rooms at National Cricket Academy (NCA) neighboring to the Gaddafi Stadium to support foreign players of the safety reasons being undertaken.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif appointed him as the acting chairman Pakistan Cricket Board after the Islamabad High Court had ordered the Inter-Provincial Committee, Government of Pakistan looking after the sports affairs in the country – to appoint an interim chairman until the case is decided. Later on, a two-member bench of Islamabad high court ordered for the restoration of Zaka Ashraf as Chairman PCB and Sethi left as acting chairman. Sethi is enthusiastic to perk up international cricket in Pakistan by influencing overseas players and boards to visit the country. Beforehand, he shared that foreign players were being obtained additional money to play PSL final in Lahore. He said “We are offering them at least $20000 each if they play the final in Lahore,”

 

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.