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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

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 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 ......

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Cricket should come back in Pakistan. Nation is crazy for cricket. Govt. should take initiative in Security related issues. This is not a big deal to give security to International teams. Restoration should be started with small or county teams. Besides this, PPL should be started in Pakistan/Dubai....

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (March 29, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

@Aftab_Afnan_Motiwala.TOTALLY AGREED

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

its a good news for pak cricket and their fans...

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

we will welcome any team from the world...we love cricket and we want to c it on our surface and we are thankful to every1 who is taking part in these efforts

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Security is Fine now Here.. Every team would be Welcomed here !

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (March 29, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

@Hassan Farooqi: Actually I don't follow any domestic cricket anywhere, let alone Pakistan. I'd rather watch our local NCAA tournament i.e. March Madness nowadays or NFL. Anyway going back to your point about Karachi but is it the case through out the whole country. i.e. are people filling these stadiums in smaller cites and rural areas as well?

Posted by Syed_Faraz_Raza_Rizvi on (March 29, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Dear Ashwin,

Thank you for your support as an Indian brother, sincere gratitude from a cricket crazy Pakistani.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Pakistan Govt & ICC should stand up to resolve the security problems, world cricket is not that beautiful without cricket in Pakistan.. Current Pakistan team is immensely talented & they deserve much more then, what they have now ..hope to see good time again :) ..also hope to see ind vs pak soon...

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

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Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 15:53 GMT)


Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Now If Lashing is ready to tour Pakistan what's problem to our sweet Bangali brothers who also writ petition to change the result of Asia cup final...

Whether International Teams tour Pakistan or not , Pak cricket will live and blossom

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Pakistan should arrange 20-20 tournament or 3 match (20-20)series to invite foreign sides in the country so that they have to spend lesser time in Pakistan. 20-20 matches will not only pull the spectators but the franchises won't to sponsor the matches as well. With 20-20 cricket, international teams wont have to stay for more then 2 days in a single city. Also big cities like Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad has luxurious 4 star farm houses just at the outskirts of the city. The players can live there and can be taken to the grounds on helicopter. With successful short visits, PCB then should look forward for ODIS and subsequently test matches in 2-3 yrs time.

Posted by saabir786 on (March 29, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

i dont think any internation team tour pak ulnless the situation improves even minnows like bangladesh are reluctant to visit.pak need to give peace a chance and improve the situation of the country both economically and security point of view

Posted by S.A.Siddiqui on (March 29, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Pak Govt has given top priority to the security and safety of any team/s visiting Pakistan. Recently some teams (other than Cricket) paid visits to Pakistan without any problems. It was really really bad and shocking incident with Sri Lankan team some 3 years back but it does not mean situation is same as in 2009.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

U can't blame international teams for not wanting to tour Pakistan after what happened to SL. Pakistan should get its security situation completely in place if this happens. Another incident could mean no cricket in Pak for a generation.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

like IPL , Pakistan should offer something good to international players so that they can come and have good cricket over here. Pakistan Govt. should come and play its role for the safety of players as this would be a lifetime oportunity to callback circket into country

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (March 29, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

@ El_Toro_Loco: "I don't think it's gonna fill the stadiums soon". Obviously you do not watch Pakistan domestic cricket. The last Karachi city local tournament had a packed stadium of 20,000 people, and we are talking about a city tournament, not even a national tournament, let alone an international match.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

there is no cricket in Pakistan but we keep winning matches, semi finalist in WC 2011, winner of ASia cup 2012, whitewash of england in test series so ICC ki maa ki ankh

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

@El_Toro_Loco, the domestic T-20 Cup is already playing on now a days and its full packed stadium. so do not worry about the fans, we will be there.

Posted by CricketPissek on (March 29, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

as a Sri Lanka fan, I am very nervous for the Lashings players. has anything been done since the attack to give confidence it won't happen again? this is too risky IMHO

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

It would be great help of Pakistan cricket by Lashings as these days the domestic T20 tournament is in final stages in Rawalpindi cricket stadium and their is great enthusiasim in people of joint cities for watching these T20 match in stadium.Hopefully matches of Lashings would be a treat to eatch for local spectators who are striving for cricket revival in their country.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

@Ashwin Sharma: Thanks, dear! Your kinds words are very comforting. InshaAllah, we will soon have international cricket in the country.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

The team like lashings Kents and the players from big bash are ready to come to Pakistan and play Cricket but what ICC is doing? They know that one of there elite member is not having cricket in there country for past three years. they should come up and arrange cricket with the help of Pak Govt. I am an Indian but feel sorry for Pakistan that there is no cricket to this cricket crazy country.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Finaly a team ready to come Pakistan. PCB should talk to Lashings.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

Still it depends on the legacy of the Lashings if they can really put themselves together to take such a bold step, as far as the question of other Cricketing World is concerned, and a very constructive one, as far as the question of bringing Cricket back to Pakistani grounds in concerned. Lets wait and hope for the very best.

Posted by kasheeeeee on (March 29, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

we want international cricket back in pakistan as soon as possible..........

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

As Bangladeshi I wish to see proposed tour to go ahead,like many Bangaldeshi having the same view.Now we want to see how BCB convince ICC & govt with their logic in the positive direction.Hope for the best

Posted by AliRiaz52 on (March 29, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Thats Great Pakistan should Must grap this oppertunity to regain its Place in International Cricket

Posted by Saad.Navaid on (March 29, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

Alhumdu Lillah... i hope they come and tour us safely... dnt u worry PCB the fans will support you always... best of luck...

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Well that a great New for PCB....they must grab the opportunity & hope to see Young & Exciting Player from Lashing playing in Pakistani Grounds.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (March 29, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Yeah I don't think it's gonna fill the stadiums soon. PCB must promote competitive domestic cricket where the local players can earn decent wages and create enough excitement to attract big crowds.....Ciao

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

something is better than nothing

Posted by Pakmann on (March 29, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Instead of begging international cricket teams, Pakistan should itself become more competitive and put its house in order. The rest will follow.

PCB Chief needs to concentrate on making domestic cricket more professional and on com petitive lines; Pakistan should generate genuine local interest and then international interest in local sports will follow.

Imagine, if there is a really competitive league, will it not be possible to get sponsorships and advertising. Then there will be enough moneyt to pay high profile international circketers. InshaAllah.

Posted by sonti on (March 29, 2012, 5:27 GMT)


Posted by sherishahmir on (March 29, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

Good move could be the opening of bringing international cricket in Pak.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

Finally!!!PCB cant miss this chance and we will fill that stadium no matter any team comes!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

Indeed, the lashings have more common sense then the Bengalis or any other nation, and i bet No other teams are capable to come to Pakistan and play.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

Thats Great!!!! Now, Pakistan Cricket Board should not miss out on this golden opportunity and do this quick!!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

At Least Some One Is Coming...

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