There is a sense of happiness and celebration all over in Pakistan as international cricket return to their country after a gap of 8 years. Pakistan successfully organising the first two matches of three-match series against the World XI, but there is still a lot left to be done to get other teams to tour.
Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland in his recent comment ruled out any chance to play in Pakistan.
“I’ve got mixed feelings about this one. Certainly, from Pakistan’s perspective, I really do hope they can get to a situation where they can host international cricket again on a more regular basis,” Cricket Australia (CA) CEO James Sutherland was quoted as saying by The Canberra Times.
“At the same time, we’ll take an appropriately conservative approach on security. We’re not going to compromise on the safety and security of our employees.
“We only consider security issues in a country when we’re due to tour there. And when that country advises us of the preferred place to host us. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” Sutherland added.
Pakistan will also be hosting Sri Lanka for one T20I in October and after that, a series of three T20I with world champion Windies is also scheduled to play in Pakistan, but as far as Australia is concerned, the possibility of playing in Pakistan is not even in consideration according to James Sutherland.
“I don’t have any indications they are looking to play matches against us in Pakistan. I’m expecting they will be in the UAE,” Sutherland said further.
However, three Australians including former captain George Bailey, Tim Paine and Ben Cutting are in the ICC World XI squad whose participation is marking the return of cricket to Pakistan.