Pakistan cricket October 20, 2012

Karachi match respite for Pakistan fans

ESPNcricinfo staff
The match between Pakistan All Star XI and International XI in Karachi may not lead to international tours in the near future, but for a country deprived of international cricket, the match could be the entertainment the fans have been craving for

The match between Pakistan All Star XI and International XI in Karachi may not lead to international tours in the near future. But for a country deprived of watching their national team play at home, the match could be the entertainment the fans have been craving for, says an editorial in the Express Tribune.

While these matches cannot substitute for full-fledged international cricket, they can be first of the many steps still needed before it can resume in Pakistan. Sadly, the fact is that until the dismal security situation improves, top Test teams will not visit these shores. So, until such time, initiatives of these kinds must be encouraged, if for nothing else, then just to somewhat satisfy the fans' huge appetite for watching cricket on home soil.

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