Stop playing against India, focus on Domestic cricket: Javed Miandad advices PCB

Doris Richards
August 12, 2017

The Pakistan Cricket Board's new boss wants to welcome worldwide tours back to the country but has urged for patience because of the prevailing security situation.

Pakistan cricketers, now involved in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2017 and English domestic season, have been asked to cut short their participation in the wake of late finalisation and rescheduling of the upcoming ICC World XI series.

Najam Sethi took up the reins at the Pakistan Cricket Board this month, taking over from Shaharyar Khan.

Although the two editions of Pakistan Super League (PSL) were held in the United Arab Emirates, Sethi staged the final of the second edition of PSL at Lahore in March.

According to the release, the series was set to conclude in the final week of September, but constituency elections slated for September 17 and Pakistan's upcoming series against Sri Lanka in UAE starting September 24 forced the ICC to change the dates of the World XI series.

Pakistan are scheduled to play two tests, three one-dayers and two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka in September-October, with the series likely to be held in the UAE.

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. It can't be held after September 17 because there is no time to both hold the series and also give national coach Mickey Arthur time for training his team before the series starts with Sri Lanka on September 24.

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 players have been asked to report for a pre-series fitness testing/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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