ICC rules out international cricket’s immediate return to Pakistan

April 2nd, 2009 - 7:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Wellington (New Zealand), Apr.2 (ANI): International Cricket Council (ICC) President David Morgan on Thursday ruled out the possibility of international cricket’s immediate return to Pakistan, but insisted that the trouble-torn country should not be isolated.

In the wake of the March 3 attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, Morgan dismissed the possibility of any international assignments in Pakistan.

“The events in Lahore were absolutely dreadful for the people and cricketers of Pakistan. Quite clearly Pakistan is not a country where we can send cricket teams and officials in the immediate future,” Morgan said.

“There needs to be a significant change there in the level of safety and security before we consider it,” he added.

At the same time, Morgan urged all other countries to host Pakistan or play in neutral venue to ensure the strife-torn nation is not ostracised in international cricket.

“But Pakistan is an extremely important member of the ICC. It has produced some of the world’s greatest cricketers and still has a very strong cricket team. The ICC policy is that Pakistan must not be isolated.

“The future tour programme commitments for Pakistan need to be fulfilled even though they can’t be filled on Pakistan soil. We are encouraging other nations to entertain Pakistan on their home grounds and play in third (neutral) countries,” said Morgan, in an interaction with the media at the Basin Reserve here. (ANI)

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