PCB asks players to return from CPL, county cricket

Najam Sethi said he hopes international matches will be played in Pakistan again soon

PCB asks players to return from CPL, county cricket

Bringing touring sides back to Pakistan is an aim of the country's cricket governing body's new chairman - but he urged for patience.

Sethi, 69, will replace Shaharyar Khan, who quit because of health and personal reasons after completing his tenure.

Sethi, who previously served as the PCB's chairman between June 2013 and July 2014, has said he hopes global teams will come back to play in Pakistan soon, but admitted he can not guarantee when that will be.

Next month, a World XI is due head to Pakistan for a tour as part of steps to determine if the security situation has improved sufficiently enough for other teams to tour the nation.

Barring a limited-over series against Zimbabwe in 2015, Pakistan has not hosted foreign squads since a militant attack targeted the visiting Sri Lankan team in 2009. It will being our players to the standards of worldwide cricket, he added. He said that the decision to hold PSL final in Karachi next year after the Lahore final could prove pivotal in establishing Pakistan's image as safe country for the game.

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The PCB said it was obliged to call back the players owing to the late finalisation and re-scheduling of the ICC World XI series, because of which it also had to re-schedule the National T20 Cup to start end of August and finish before the World series, so that the national team can leave for UAE to play Sri Lanka starting September 24.

Pakistan's deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had appointed Sethi as member of the board of governors last month.

According to the Dawn, the PCB said that they would file a case against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two cricket boards in 2014.

While attending the Independence Day celebrations in Washington, the former Pakistani cricketer spoke to Dunya News where he talked about the current form of Pakistan cricket team and board's position.

Although the two editions of Pakistan Super League (PSL) were held in the United Arab Emirates, Sethi staged the final of the second edition of PSL at Lahore in March.

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