Pakistan Cricket Board chairman calls for patience over security situation

Isaac Cain
August 12, 2017

Three cricketers without central contracts - Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Sami - have also been asked to return after they were selected by Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Lahore Whites for the National T20 Cup.

Speaking after being named PCB chairman for the next three years, Najam Sethi expressed hope that next month's proposed World XI tour in Pakistan would be the first step towards the return of worldwide cricket.

Pakistan cricket has got a spring in the step in recent times with the success of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as well as the national team which won the recently-played ICC Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom.

ICC had granted Pakistan to host a series against World XI, comprising of top players from the cricketing fraternity in late September, but owing to Sri Lanka's tour of Pakistan in UAE (starting from September 24), the series is likely to be held in mid September.

The Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) is waiting for a response from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on details of proposed security arrangements for the World XI tour next month.

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Pakistan are also set to travel to the UAE from September 21 for a full series against Sri Lanka.

The National T20 tournament is scheduled to start on August 25 and it runs until September 10.

As part of the revival of worldwide cricket in Pakistan, the PCB is also planning to host a Twenty20 series against a World XI in Lahore. "The series has been brought forward to mid September instead of last week of September because the Punjab Government wants it to be held before the NA120 election on September 17".

The players have been asked to report for a pre series fitness testing and training camp, as planned by the national team management and the National T20 tournament that starts in Multan on August 25.

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