Managing Director Pakistan Cricket Board, Wasim Khan recently stated that PSL is Pakistan’s opportunity to revive international cricket in the country and break the isolation the country has been suffering since 2009.
“The matches of the next edition of the PSL, to be played at Lahore, Karachi, Multan and Rawalpindi, will restore the confidence of the foreign players and the teams in Pakistan and will portray an enhanced image of the country with security and other aspects suitable for staging international cricket in Pakistan,” said Wasim Khan while talking to media at Gaddafi Stadium.
Adding further he said, “Our main objective is to focus on ending Pakistan’s isolation in international cricket at home and we are making all-out efforts to see our cricket arenas full with audience with top-notch foreign teams playing in near future.”
The MD further shared various plans of PCB to attract international teams and boards into playing with Pakistan on its home ground.
“I will be travelling to England on August 9 to attend the MCC World Cricket Committee meeting to present Pakistan’s case. I have been specially invited by the committee to give a detailed presentation on security arrangements/measures, stadium and allied facilities of cricket in Pakistan,” said Khan.
“I am confident that the World Cricket Committee, which is a strong voice in world’s cricket will join hands with Pakistan for bringing back international cricket to the country,” he optimistically added.
Additionally, the MD shared that Pakistan will also be hosting two test series against Sri Lanka under the ICC Test Championship. This, the MD elaborated, will be another push to Pakistan’s international image.
Wasim also added that in addition to uplifting Pakistan’s international image and bringing back cricket home, the 5th edition of PSL will also be a profit-taking opportunity for the franchisees.
“I think it will be a profit-earning aspect for the franchisers as well as for the PCB because holding of matches at a foreign soil always proved an expensive venture with major share of income spending on holding of matches and on logistics,” stated the MD.