England keen to become ‘home away from home’ for Pak cricket

May 17th, 2009 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 17 (ANI): England is keen to become a ‘home away from home’ for Pakistan cricket, as several foreign teams have refused to tour the South-Asian country due to the precarious security situation there.

According to The News, arrangements are being made for Pakistan to play a four-match Test series in England next year against Australia.

“We all recognise that Pakistan are having an issue at the moment, in terms of being able to stage home matches. If we can get this sort of neutral event, that does help them,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive David Collier said.

Several teams have refused to tour Pakistan in the recent past citing security reasons, and the terror attack on the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in March, in which six players were injured, has only worsened the situation.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) also shifted 2011 World Cup matches from Pakistan saying conditions are not conducive in the country to organize such a major event. (ANI)

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