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Lashings consider Pakistan tour

George Dobell

March 28, 2012

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Younis Khan walks past the bullet-ridden team bus , Lahore, March 3, 2009
Sri Lanka's 2009 tour of Pakistan was cut short by a terrorist attack on the team bus © AFP
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While Bangladesh's proposed tour to Pakistan hangs in the balance, it seems that Lashings are prepared to go where others fear to tread.

Lashings, the all-star cricket team based in Kent, are in talks to tour Pakistan as early as next month. While a club tour might not usually carry much significance, the fact that the Lashings team could contain well-known players from across the globe will gain media attention and support the PCB's claims that Pakistan is a safe venue for international cricket.

Pakistan has been a "no-go area" for major international cricket since an armed terror attack on the Sri Lanka team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009. The MCC president, Philip Hodson, has even indicated that MCC are more likely to tour Afghanistan than Pakistan.

The tour was the idea of former Pakistan captain - and regular Lashings member - Rashid Latif, who has liaised with PCB officials and feels the tour is realistic. If Lashings are to visit Pakistan, they will require funding from the PCB and guarantees over the team's security.

"I am confident that a world XI made up of players from different countries can be convinced to come to Pakistan," Latif said. "Shahid Afridi said recently he had spoken to players in the Big Bash tournament in Australia who were interested in playing in Pakistan."

"I would be delighted to take a team to Pakistan," David Folb, the businessman behind Lashings, told ESPNcricinfo. ""Rashid is a man who I have the utmost respect for and if he says it's safe for us to travel there we'd be delighted.

"Obviously the security of the players is the top priority, but as long as that is guaranteed and the money is right, I don't see getting a team together being a problem at all. It's possible we could go as soon as next month. We would be honoured to play there is the PCB would have us."

Sachin Tendulkar, Murali, Brian Lara, Sir Vivian Richards, Wasim Akram, Allan Donald and Shoaib Akhtar are among those to have represented Lashings. The team to tour Pakistan, however, is more likely to include younger players such as Lou Vincent and James Marshall. Folb also believes that his close relationship with Richie Richardson, the West Indies team manager, could see some players from the Caribbean taking part in an effort to gain more experience.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (March 31, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

we are enjoying the national T20 tournament in Rawalpindi and i would be going to the stadium to watch semi finals today. while i have respect for all the people on this forum i must say that those who haven't visited Pak ever doesn't know much about the situation here. It isn't a war zone as shown on few of the media channels and those media channels do it for their own interests. We are a progressive nation and we know how to deal with such issues. Attack on SL team was sad but let us put the past behind us and the current circumstances with open eyes. Peace.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

Pakistan is a safe country for cricket.......our domestic cricket tournament is running very successfully in karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad,,,and Rawalpindi....from last two year....after six month a t20 tournament arranged on very large basis.... so international teams should come to pakistan to play cricket....

Posted by   on (March 30, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Being a Pakistani, I must admit and confess that the security situation in Karachi ain't that safe to arrange such a venture! Please don't evaporate this remaining international support we've got!

Posted by Immmi83 on (March 30, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

It will be a great effort to bring back international cricket in pakistan,but its unrealistic willingness bcoz england & india both don't wants this.

Posted by NBKent on (March 30, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Forgive me for being the cynic but if Lashings are going to Pakistan it'll only be for money. 15 years ago they used to turn up at ground around England for nothing, bring a start or two and stay and have a beer, these days they charge thousands of pounds for a fixture and park their merchandise caravan on the outfield. They've become a corporate machine and do what they do for the benefit of Lashings and any associated/affiliated business

Posted by IrfanattariNankana on (March 30, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

Pakistan international cricket games must be arranged in our country. More time has been passed of the security issue. Now, I think all is fine.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

Good for Pak cricket invite foreign players in domestic tournaments and give them some good money that will boost over goals of cricket in Pakistan

Posted by WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on (March 29, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

It is an awesome news for PAK cricket...at least one team is ready to play cricket in PAK...If all matches r successfully arranged & played then BCB needs to send their team after LASHING team visit...PCB needs to launch their Pakistan Premium Legue ( PPL ) as soon as possible to show the world that everything is fine in PAK...If international players r visited successfully then all international teams feels that there is no problem in playing PAK...This PPL tournament will surely create opportunity for PAK to resume international cricket at home soil,improves their financial condition,create opportunity for youngster to showcase their talent & gaining experience with NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL players etc...PCB must focus on PPL,just watch & anaylize other boards...What they achieve from IPL,BPL,FRIENDS T20 CUP & BIG BASH...they all r improving sides in the world specially BANGLA...they rocks in ASIA CUP & inshallah they continue their forms against other sides too,M a PAK fan but...

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (March 29, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

Playing cricket in Afghanistan is now much safer than to play in Pakistan. So I don't understand why people are advocating to go to Pakistan. Let the country to be a safe place -- then go there to play. I think no International cricket team should go there at this moment. It's a very dangerous place now for playing International cricket.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

thanx 4 ur cordial coments @ashwin ,, same guts r found here ......

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