Pakistan Can Host Major ICC Events: PCB CEO Wasim Khan
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants the International Cricket Council (ICC) to award them the hosting rights of a serious event in lieu of the financial losses suffered thanks to India’s refusal to play a bilateral series against them.
PCB chief executive Wasim Khan asserted that Pakistan is ready to host a serious ICC event sometime in 2023. “I don’t think hosting international cricket is such a big issue for Pakistan as the security situation has improved now,” Wasim was quoted as saying by Times of India website.
“The incontrovertible fact that we’ve logistically hosted the whole Pakistan Super League in Pakistan and also teams like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for Test matches besides other smaller events and series shows we are capable of hosting an enormous ICC event.”
Wasim said that if Pakistan gets a major ICC event it would make sense as it has suffered lot of financial losses due to India’s refusal to play matches in India or Pakistan for a few years now and also because there appears to be no chance of any Indo-Pakistan series happening within the near future.
“There appears to be a little chance of India and Pakistan playing and we have already suffered losses in millions of dollars,” he remarked. Wasim said that the chief executives of cricket boards will have a video conference with the ICC to discuss World T20 Cup, Asia Cup and World Test Championship.
“There is no doubt that because of the coronavirus pandemic every board is facing a big challenge to reduce their financial losses as much as they can,” the PCB chief executive said. “We are all in the same boat. We have similar interests. When this conference is held we will be discussing future measures.”