Misbah urges cricketing world to help revive international cricket in Pakistan

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 11:50 hrs

Pakistan's One-Day International captain Misbah-ul-Haq has urged the cricketing world to help revive international cricket in Pakistan.

"It is the responsibility of the cricket boards and their respective governments to come out with policies and ensure how teams can visit Pakistan in the future. It is a big dilemma and it is time the cricketing world comes together to push for international cricket in Pakistan," The Dawn quoted Misbah, as saying.

International cricket in Pakistan has been suspended since an attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore by militants in 2009 which left seven players injured. Since then, Pakistan has been forced to host its 'home series' on neutral venues such as Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.

"We are a big Test-playing country and it is not fair for us as well as for the other Test-playing countries and world cricket that we are not getting to stage international cricket," said Misbah.

He also commended the idea of hosting the Pakistan Premier League.

"The PPL will help in developing the temperament and skills of players. It will also throw up some new talent. The exposure the players will get will help them acquire professionalism. It is very important for Pakistan to go for it," Misbah said. (ANI)

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