Pakistan Cricket Team will be traveling to India next year for bilateral series between these two arch rivals. In an interview published on Headlines Today, PCB chief Shahryar Khan has confirmed that Pakistan team will tour India in 2016.
PCB Chief also mentioned that Pakistan may also host India in upcoming next five years as the conditions in country are getting better much by better after the incident happened with Sri Lanka in 2009. He said Pakistan has got two-three more venues.
Shahryar Khan said, “I hope so. Because things are getting better. Peshawar and Quetta are not good but the rest of Pakistan is pretty good.”
“We have now got two or three venues — Karachi and Lahore — where we can seal the area around the stadium. The venues are very good, they are Test playing venues and you have living quarters next door which means all that the cricketers have to do is to take their kit bags and walk across under a tunnel.”
“We have got this in Karachi and Lahore, and we want to do it in Multan and Faislabad. We will then have four venues where you can be absolutely 100 per cent sure that there will be no security threat. The danger is in the travel between the hotel and the stadium, this is what happened to the Sri Lankan team (in 2009).”
India-Pakistan played last bilateral series in 2012-13 when India hosted Pakistan. India toured Pakistan in 2005-06 under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy.
He said, “If you compare the security situation in the worst times of 2005 to 2008 it is much better now. The incidents of terrorist attacks have gone down and we can prove that. But sometimes you can get the odd. They are few and far between.”
PCB boss also mentioned that Pakistan is looking to host other teams before getting other top teams in the country to paly cricket. Current Pakistan plays cricket n United Arab Emirates.
“At present we are not planning to host top teams like India, Australia, England. We already hosted Afghanistan. Netherlands was supposed to come and they will come a little later. Ireland and Scotland are keen. Nepal I hope would be coming next month. So these associate members are ready to come to Pakistan.”
“This year we will see one or two other teams visiting Pakistan. The bigger teams have told us that you get these associate teams in Pakistan and demonstrate that the security situation is much better, we will also consider. We have teams like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh who have said that let them come first and we will follow later.”