Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) deserves a lot of credit for breaking the ice and bringing international cricket back to Pakistan this year.
Here is a look at why Sri Lanka’s Lahore visit is significant for PCB and how it is going to help the cricket board in days to come.
3. Finally a Trustworthy Ally
With Indian influence increasing both in Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and International Cricket Council (ICC), PCB over the years has struggled to form meaningful partnerships.
Sri Lanka’s tour despite some of its players having reservations hence, finally assures PCB of a trustworthy ally both at the Asian and the international level.
2. Presents Better Grounds for Future Negotiations
Despite world XI’s tour a couple of months back and even though Zimbabwe toured Pakistan in 2015, Sri Lanka’s Lahore visit finally marks the return of a major Test playing nation ever since the fateful day and hence, opens the possibility of other Test playing nations touring Pakistan soon.
Sri Lanka after all was the team that got attacked in Lahore in 2009. If they feel safe in touring Pakistan again so can others.Sri Lanka’s stay in Lahore might have been short and for a single game only still, the development changes the entire ball game and puts PCB in a much better position to negotiate with other international sides for future tours in the country.
1. Hope for Other Test Centers
The Lahore T20 has already paved way for PCB to host ACC Emerging Cup in Pakistan in 2018. The regional tournament hence, is a symbol of hope for cricket to come back to some of the other Test centers in the country.
Fans in Faisalabad, Multan, Karachi and Rawalpindi should thus, keep their fingers crossed!