The International Cricket Council (ICC) has ruled out the return of international cricket in Pakistan in the near future, saying it would have to continue playing its ‘home’ series at neutral venues for the time being.
The ICC taskforce, which was formed to look into the possibility of holding international matches in Pakistan, has submitted its report in this regard, The News reports.
The report, which was tabled during the recent ICC executive board meeting in Dubai, stated that Pakistan would have to continue playing its matches at neutral venues, as the situation in the country is not conducive to host international tournaments.
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has already said that the apex cricket body is trying hard to ensure that Pakistan gets international exposure, especially after the refusal of foreign teams to tour the country due the precarious security conditions, but it will have to wait before situation normalises in the troubled country.
“ Pakistan should be patient in these testing times as there’s a lack of confidence in foreign teams. The ICC is very keen to ensure Pakistan play at neutral venues rather than not competing at the international level, which I think will be detrimental for Pakistan cricket,” Lorgat had said while unveiling the 2010 T20 World Cup trophy in Karachi last week. (ANI)