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International cricket trickling back to Pakistan

KARACHI: International cricket’s slow trickle back into Pakistan continues with West Indies set to play a three-match Twenty20 series in Karachi in the first week of April, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has announced. Pakistan has remained largely starved of international cricket since the 2009 attacks on a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, wounding six players and a British coach and killing eight Pakistanis. Good news! West Indies have agreed to play 3 T20 matches in KARACHI on 1,2 and…

All credit of reviving international cricket goes to Army, govt: PCB

LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi on Sunday gave the Army and government credit for successfully holding the third and final Twenty20 International match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Lahore. “All thanks to Allah (SWT). Prayers of Pakistani people were answered today. It was a historic day for us as this match will pave way for other teams also to Pakistan,” he said exclusively talking to ARY News after Shoaib Malik-inspired Pakistan clean swept three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka in…

Pakistan welcomes end of isolation from international cricket

LAHORE: Even Pakistan's prime minister did not believe it could happen but when Sri Lanka visit Lahore on Sunday for a T20 match, the hosts will celebrate the end of eight years of isolation from international cricket. Less than a year ago, none of this appeared possible for a nation that had largely been shunned by international teams since 2009 due to security risks. That year gunmen attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lanka team from their hotel to Lahore's Gaddafi stadium for a match, injuring six players and killing…

PCB expedites efforts to revive international cricket in Karachi

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has put the pedal to the metal to revive international cricket in Karachi, ARY News reported. Chairman PCB Najam Sethi is going to hold a meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday to formally launch preparations for Pakistan Super League matches in Karachi. "I am meeting Sindh CM tomorrow to start preparations for PSL matches in Karachi. Wish me luck!" he wrote on his Twitter handle. "I have to convince Sindh CM/Rangers to provide security, foreign…

Du Plessis hails Pakistan progress for international cricket

LAHORE: South African skipper Faf du Plessis Saturday admitted he was nervous ahead of the World XI tour of Pakistan but praised the hosts for ensuring a safe series which he said would help its revival of international cricket. Apart from five limited-overs games against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015, Pakistan had not hosted top-level international cricket since militants attacked the bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight people and wounding seven players and staff. "When I first thought of…

Murad echoes public sentiments on intl’ cricket revival in Sindh

SUKKUR: Echoing public sentiments for holding international cricket matches in the provincial cities, Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah said that he would approach Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to ensure revival of international cricket in the province.   Talking to media persons in Sukkur, Shah said that security situation in the province has improved and suitable for such events. “The Sindh government will approach PCB to ensure hosting of international cricket events in Karachi, Hyderabad, and Sukkur,” he…

ICC extends support to three World XI T20s in Lahore

LONDON: The return of international cricket to Pakistan looms with the ICC confirming plans for T20 series in Lahore.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to support Pakistan's efforts to host a World XI for three T20s later this year, media reports said. Plans for the full resumption of international cricket in Pakistan moved forward Friday when the sport's global governing body said it wanted to send a World XI to the country later this year. Pakistan have had to play all of their 'home'…

Sir Richards, Ian Chappell talk for return of international cricket to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Cricket legends Sir Vivian Richards and former Australian captain Ian Chappell have said international cricket should return to Pakistan, underlining crowd and players are starved to watch the game being played in their own country. Pakistan has been starved of the international cricket since the March 2009 terror attack on Sri Lankan team in Lahore. Security concerns expressed by a number of foreign players and cricket boards after the attack have prevented international cricket teams returning to Pakistan who…

Pakistan score 201 runs on third day of Jamaica Test

Kingston: Pakistan were 201 for four replying to the West Indies first innings total of 286 at stumps on the third day of the rain-affected first jamaica test at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Sunday. Younis Khan became the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 test runs on Sunday, reaching the milestone against West Indies in the opening match of his farewell international series. Younis Khan scored 58 while Babar Azam scored 72 as Pakistan reached 201 for four wickets at the end of third day play. West Indies were…

Australian cricketers Adam Voges, Doherty retire from international cricket

MELBOURNE: Adam Voges announced his retirement from Australian first-class cricket Wednesday, departing the domestic game as the oldest player to score a Test century on debut. The middle-order batsman played 20 Tests, 31 one-dayers and seven Twenty20s for his country in an international career spanning 10 years with a batting average above 45 across all forms of the game. Failing to catch the eye of selectors this year led the West Australian captain to announce his retirement at the end of the current Sheffield…