International Test cricket returned to Pakistan after a hiatus of ten years with the recently concluded two-match series between the home side and Sri Lanka. Ironically, Sri Lanka was the last side to play Test cricket in the terror-ravaged nation back in 2009 before their team bus was attacked by a group of terrorists in Lahore.
With the successful staging of the two-match Test series on home soil, Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] is garnering further ambitions of playing further cricket in their very own country.
However, with Bangladesh having still not given a nod to play the Test series in Pakistan, Ehsan Mani, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board had taken a subtle dig at India when he said that India is at greater security risk than India. And, now one the treasurer of the BCCI Arun Dhumal has given a befitting reply to Mani’s controversial comments. Dhumal said that Mani is not even eligible to comment, as he is a person who mostly stays in London.
“For a person who stays mostly in London, it is inappropriate for him to comment on anything on India’s security. He is not even eligible to comment on Pakistan’s security. He hardly stays there. If he gets to spend more time in Pakistan, he would get to understand the real situation there,” Dhumal said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
‘We have proved that Pakistan is safe’: Ehsan Mani
“We have proved Pakistan is safe, if someone isn’t coming then they should prove that it’s unsafe. At this time, India is a far greater security risk than Pakistan” Ehsan Mani said as qu0ted by Hindustan Times.
Mani further continued and said that no one should doubt the security arrangements in Pakistan after the successful staging of the Test series against Sri Lanka. He further urged that the teams should have no doubt that Pakistan will play all its series in Pakistan, urging the likes of Bangladesh to tour the country in January.
“No one should now doubt security arrangements in Pakistan after successful Sri Lanka Test series. This is a turning point for the revival of Test cricket in Pakistan. Media and fans played an important role in portraying a positive image of Pakistan worldwide. We’re in talks with Bangladesh board. Not only Bangladesh, but all the teams should also have no doubt that PCB will host its home series in Pakistan. I’m hopeful that Bangladesh will tour Pakistan because there’s no reason of not touring. If Sri Lanka can tour Pakistan than why not others,” he added.
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