ICC says only PCB can convince international teams to tour Pakistan

Lahore, Jan 13 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said it has a limited role to play in the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan and it is up to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to convince other nations that it is safe to play cricket in the country.

ICC CEO Dave Richardson, who was in Pakistan for the PCB awards ceremony, said making a decision as to whether Pakistan is safe to host foreign countries or not involves a serious assessment of the risk and the ICC is not in a position to do that assessment. He said it is up to the member countries to decide, reports the Daily Times.

Richardson said the ICC would support Pakistan in its efforts to make sure that international cricket returns to Pakistan.

Richardson further said that the recent "revival of ties with India" is a step in the right direction as the ties between the two countries are critical for world cricket.

Pakistan has not hosted international teams since the attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009. In the past three years, Pakistan have played their 'home' series mostly in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The PCB's efforts to revive international cricket haven't yielded any positive results so far.

The PCB relies heavily on the government to arrange security for the visiting teams, but last year it sanctioned the purchase of bulletproof buses.

The PCB has also been working on identifying potential new venues across the country and upgrading them to international standards. It is also lobbying hard to win back the confidence of the teams. (ANI)

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