After spending nearly 10 years trying to re-attract international cricket elites, Pakistan is facing the prospect of being declared a cricket penalty zone again, and its anger is beyond words.
New Zealand suddenly appeared on Friday, and the feeling of deja vu swept the country Pull the plug In their first trip to Pakistan in 18 years, the security alert was cited.
Since the England board has not yet decided that England will visit the South Asian country for the first time in 16 years next month, Pakistan’s harvest season looks messy.
This was a huge setback for the cricket-crazy country, which promoted the development of heaven and earth, positioned itself as a safe destination, and won the tour commitments of several leading teams.
“It’s very painful,” Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Commission (PCB), said at a virtual press conference later on Sunday.
“We have done a lot of work to re-establish our credibility in the world of cricket. The carpet was pulled out of our feet so quickly.”
“Beat Us Hard”: PCB Director
Khan said that the sudden withdrawal of the New Zealand team “has a big blow to us” and pleaded with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) not to cancel the tour scheduled to go to Pakistan in October.
The England men’s and women’s teams plan to travel to Pakistan from October 13th to 21st.
“Of course we hope that England will be able to tour, which will be announced later today. We certainly believe that they should come, we hope they will come,” Khan said.
Khan criticized the New Zealand cricket team’s decision to abandon the tour. He said: “There is no reason, no dialogue, no discussion. It is easy to get out of a country like Pakistan. This must stop because the inequality in the cricket world must stop. .”
The New Zealand team arrived in Dubai. Some of the players are expected to stay in the ICC 2020 World Cup, while the rest return home.
The Australian Cricket Association stated that it is monitoring the situation and will “talk to the relevant authorities after learning more information” before the tournament is scheduled early next year.
Cricket West Indies did not respond to an email from Reuters asking if they would reconsider their visit to Pakistan later this year, but the atmosphere is not optimistic.
“New Zealand’s sudden departure left us with many scars, and we certainly hope that this will not have a long-term impact on our progress,” Khan added.
With the Taliban coming to power in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistan will have to work harder to try to persuade other teams to tour the country.
After the fatal attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, Pakistan’s “home” game in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was played without fan support and hardly earned PCB a little in terms of revenue. income.
Khan said that Pakistan has no plans to move the “home” games overseas again.
The test cricket returned to the country during a visit to Sri Lanka in 2019, but PCB officials knew that the country would be considered safe only when touring countries such as England and Australia.
‘Very dangerous precedent’
Recently, teams visiting Pakistan have gained the kind of security normally reserved for visiting heads of state, and their cricket team wants to know what else they can do.
“New Zealand just killed Pakistan cricket,” former test bowler Shoaib Akhtar wrote on Twitter, while angry fans asked Pakistan to boycott the T20 World Cup match against New Zealand next month.
PCB has ruled out this possibility, but is angry at New Zealand’s refusal to share the exact nature of the threat of sabotage.
“If countries can unilaterally give up travel, it will set a very dangerous precedent. Then it will indeed affect relationships. As a sport, where does it let us go?” Khan asked.
The PCB official stated that he will present a broader view in the International Cricket Council (ICC), seeking to end “inequality” within the governing body.
“Inequality exists, I don’t care what people say,” the former British-born chief executive of Leicestershire asserted.
Players have begun to worry about the prospect of having to resume “home” games abroad, but Khan said that the PCB will not surrender without a fight.
“For now, we have no plans to go abroad to play cricket,” Khan said.
“It took us a long time to come back. We firmly believe that we will stay safe, but of course, we must also have emergency and backup.”