Cricket in Pakistan will be returning from September 27. Sri Lanka has arrived in Pakistan for three ODI and T20I games each. Pakistan Cricket Board CEO, Wasim Khan feels that there is an improvement in the security situation of Pakistan at present juncture of time and in light of that, they now don’t want to play in UAE.
UAE has been Pakistan’s home venue since the 2009 terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore.
“It costs us a lot of money hosting there (UAE),” the chief executive officer said. “Frankly speaking the security situation has improved in Pakistan and security experts have also assessed that we are in a position to manage security risks while hosting teams in the country,” Khan added.
He also said Pakistan wants to resume bilateral ties with India if they also show willingness for the games.
“If they also express the desire to play against us we would be willing to even play at a neutral venue as it is important that India and Pakistan play cricket. “Cricket is a great way of bringing people together and cricket should remain cricket. We will play with India. I will be happy to explore possibilities of playing them,” Khan said.