Voices are calling on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to stop focusing on getting a series against India and instead try to get other teams to come and tour Pakistan.
One of these voices is that of the T20 skipper Shahid Afridi, who speaking to reporters in Lahore, was quoted as saying, “I don’t know why we are pushing for a series against India…..I don’t see any reason to play India if they don’t want to play”.
Afridi was referring to a planned Test series in the UAE with India, regarding which the PCB is yet to get confirmation from cricket officials in India as to whether the series will actually go ahead.
Despite the fact that the cricket boards of both countries have signed an agreement to play at least six times between the years of 2015-2023, the Indian board has to seek government permission to tour Pakistan again.
India’s last tour of Pakistan was in 2006 and the last test series between the two countries was when India hosted Pakistan in 2007.
Pakistan has scheduled T20 internationals with other countries namely, Zimbabwe, England and New Zealand in preparation for the World T20 tournament in India in March and April 2016. Skipper Afridi has also stated that he will no longer be playing the T20 format after the tournament.
Pakistan has only hosted one international Test, which was against Zimbabwe last May, since gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.
Afridi is also of the opinion that the inaugural T20 Pakistan Super League should have been played in Pakistan instead of Doha to give local youngsters a chance.