Cricket

Arthur hopes international cricket will return to Pakistan

2017-07-26 19:46
Mickey Arthur (Getty Images)

Lahore - Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said on Wednesday he hoped a proposed tour of the World XI to the South Asian country would bring the embattled nation a step closer to reviving international cricket.

Pakistan have not hosted international cricket - barring a limited over series against Zimbabwe in 2015 - since terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.

And Monday's blast in Lahore which killed 26 people has again cast doubts over the World XI tour planned for mid September this year.

However, Arthur said he regretted Pakistan's isolation.

"The isolation is being very hard on Pakistan cricket," Arthur told AFP.

"PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) is doing an unbelievable job in trying to resurrect international cricket. I just hope the World XI tour goes ahead and that will almost be the curtain raiser to, hopefully, get some international cricket back."

Pakistan has been forced to play home matches in the United Arab Emirates.

"Every international match we play as a unit we are playing effectively away from home, away our own conditions and that makes it doubly difficult," he said.

"Look, I definitely think it affects all cricket. The first class cricketers in Pakistan are not able to see their stars playing at home and are not able to lift their standards so it's a vicious circle," he added.

Arthur said Pakistan's Champions Trophy win in England last month will change impressions.

"I think Pakistan was always a destination where it was hard to come and win. I was the coach of the South African team which came here in 2007.

"We won the Test and one-day series and that was a massive win and achievement because not many sides had come and won in Pakistan."

Read more on:    mickey arthur  |  cricket

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.