Foreign cricket teams ‘still reluctant’ to play in Pak over security fears: Mani

Foreign cricket teams ‘still reluctant’ to play in Pak over security fears: Mani Islamabad, Nov 22 : Former International Cricket Council (ICC) President Ehsan Mani has said that foreign teams are still reluctant to tour Pakistan over fears of their security, and added that it will take more time for international cricket to resume there.

“The thing is that teams still have issues and concerns with the prevailing security situation in Pakistan and are not keen to tour the country. I recently met with an Australian diplomat and he said the same thing the Australians are still in no mood to come and play in Pakistan as they feel there is no improvement in the security situation in the country,” the Daily Times quoted Mani, as saying.

He also predicted that if the security situation in Pakistan remained stable without any major incidents for the next year or two, then foreign teams would regain their confidence to play in Pakistan.

No Test-playing nation has come to play in Pakistan since March, 2009 after terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, leaving six Pakistani policemen and a van driver dead.

The Australians not have toured Pakistan since 1998 because of the security situation. New PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has said that his main priority remains to see the revival of international cricket in Pakistan as soon as possible. (ANI)