Kumar Sangakkara, president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, has said that Australia and England must visit Pakistan for the continuation of international cricket.
According to the Dawn newspaper, Kumar Sangakkara said, “When security measures are in place, it doesn’t matter if one Asian team or another goes there to get the world’s attention.”
“I think it’s important that England or Australia, even South Africa, make up their minds to visit when security is assured” and the MCC visit is a sign of that.
It should be noted that Sangakkara was part of the MCC team that visited Pakistan in February this year, but the world’s leading teams are shying away from the tour due to security concerns.
It may be recalled that after the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Pakistan in March 2009, the first Test was played in Pakistan against Sri Lanka in December last year, after which the national team played a Test match against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi in February. Had played
Bangladesh had divided the tour of Pakistan into three phases but the last phase was announced to be canceled in March due to corona virus.
International cricket in Pakistan came to an end after the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, in which eight Pakistanis, including six players and six policemen, were injured.
Kumar Sangakkara said it would be premature to say anything for a long visit to Pakistan at this time.
Kumar Sangakkara, who has scored over 28,000 runs for Sri Lanka, said: “I don’t think there will be a five-match Test and one-day series in the near future.”
“I think we should take a break after playing two Tests and then go back and play three ODIs,” he said.
The former great batsman said: “This is not the right time for a long tour but I am sure that with better coordination and action the players can go back and play quality cricket and bring cricket back to Pakistan. ‘
It may be recalled that Pakistan has been invited by the International Cricket Council to host international tournaments from 2023 to 2031