Pakistan news February 11, 2010

USA may be new venue for Pakistan matches

Cricinfo staff
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is eyeing the possibility of playing international matches in the USA. PCB chairman Ijaz Butt and chief operating officer Wasim Bari met officials from the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) led by CEO Don Lockerbie on the sidelines of an ICC meeting on Wednesday where they held discussions

"Ijaz Butt and Wasim Bari held a meeting with USACA officials to discuss organising a match series in the USA in 2010," said a PCB media release. "The matches will feature the defending World Twenty20 champions. While the two boards are still finalising the dates and the types of match competitions- assurances were made by both parties that a long-term agreement to play in the USA will begin with a match series later in 2010."

The dual benefits which may result from such a move include getting a foothold in the game's expanding market in the USA, as well as boosting Pakistan's chances of staging international cricket in the near future, given the fragile security situation in the country. The officials also hoped a Twenty20 series will attract huge interest from Pakistanis and Indians living in the USA, as well as a global audience.

It has been a busy couple of days in Dubai for Lockerbie who is clearly keen to push the USA's place on the world stage after he also held meetings with Lailt Modi, the IPL commissioner, over the possibility of bring matches to the USA.

Butt said the Pakistan series would help cricket grow in the country. "Pakistan playing as a Full Member in the USA is in line with the ICC policy to grow the sport in countries such as the USA and as the negotiations continue we hope a series will be played later this year," Butt said.

The board's concept of having neutral venues for 'home' matches is not new. While Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates have hosted series involving Pakistan previously, the Test series against Australia scheduled later this year will be played in England.

Pakistan's last 'home' series on foreign soil was against New Zealand in the UAE. While they lost the ODI series 1-2, they won both the Twenty20 internationals that followed.

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  • AliOnline on February 15, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    brilliant idea. Pakistan vs other full members, playing T20I's in the usa, excellent. 80% of T20 is entertainment, and because it's fast paced, a lot of people who don't know much about cricket will take an interest in the game. If step's like these aren't taken, cricket will never expand. Try introducing Test cricket to an american: a game that lasts 5 days long and has the risk of not even producing a winner...

  • Looniees on February 15, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    This is a brilliant move by PCB. There are lot of Cricket fans back in states who would want to watch an international match played there. As far as the security is concerned there is nothing to pin point when it comes to US. I am also sure this will give a confidence accross the globe and will give a visibility on the game. I wish all the best to Team pakistan for future course of action and hope they play a lovely cricket whenever given a chance.

  • T20-champions-2009 on February 13, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    I think Its a good Idea to expand the game,,, but PAk should not play against US.we want to enjoy real cricket that is not possible unless there is another test playing nation againt PAK... So if PCB is keen to expand the game to the US they should bring AUS, ENG or other top teams against PAK. otherwise it will not attract any audiance...

  • on February 13, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    PCB should also keep in mind about possibilities of bringinf International Cricket back to Pakistani soils...

  • SIREN6800 on February 13, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    I believe its a great move, PCB must move forward. There are enough cricket fans in this great country, above all mature spectators and great sporting traditions of this country will provide a solid base to promote cricket in this country. Moreover we do need to explore other avenues as UAE attitude has been very poor in this context. They have forgotten the fact that the couple of decades ago we were the one with the help of India to introduce this lovely game in their country. Other options would certainly be enough to strike on their vanity .

    Please do not drag your politics in this.Usa is a great country, as its accomadating almost all the nationalities from around the globe with equal rights and freedom. Like all other nations Usa has security concerns and they are handling it very well as a responsible nation. I do not see any security concerns in this respect, as millions of tourists still visit USA from south asian countries.and are treated much better than UAE.

  • bouncer1021 on February 12, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Good plan but iIf ICC wants to really globalize the cricket, they need to get this game in the Olympic. Do what other American sports did...have a T20 game, double wkt game, HK sixes game...etc. You will see USA and China catching up to the game fast to pick up 3 medals.

    There are no grounds in US that can organize international game. May be in Florida but thats not where most south asians live. You will see a lot of fans coming to the games if it's played in NY, Dallas, Washington, LA, Houston or Chicago.

  • SOURIPANDU on February 12, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    Do you think Mohammad Yousuf can get VISA?

  • KTiwari on February 12, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Pakistan vers USA in cricket ..what a mouth watering contest.....I am sure that comedy central TV channel will cover this in US

  • on February 12, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    I hope above idea is good but as cricket fan we are having lot of problems visa, time & expenses... if PCB can organize in malaysia or singerpoor better than USA

  • timmyj on February 12, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    This is a total mirage, the kind we've been hearing for years! If this comes off it would violate every law of economics and sports marketing! Who would the Pakis play? Where would they play (absolutely no practice facilities)? When would they play (baseball stadia filled up in baseball season, football stadia filled up in football season)? Who in the world would want to come and play in Lauderhill, ignored by the general public, before a few thousand Desis when they can play in a first class cricket ground before tens of thousands? If Paki cricket's going broke they're gonna be bankrupt if they go through with this caper. The ONLY, and I repeat, ONLY justification for holding first class cricket in the states is to promote the game to mainstream Americans, NOT provide entertainment for the Desis, and I haven't heard a single word about that with all this hoopla. When this all finally plays out a hell of a l ot of people are gonna have egg on their faces.

  • AliOnline on February 15, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    brilliant idea. Pakistan vs other full members, playing T20I's in the usa, excellent. 80% of T20 is entertainment, and because it's fast paced, a lot of people who don't know much about cricket will take an interest in the game. If step's like these aren't taken, cricket will never expand. Try introducing Test cricket to an american: a game that lasts 5 days long and has the risk of not even producing a winner...

  • Looniees on February 15, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    This is a brilliant move by PCB. There are lot of Cricket fans back in states who would want to watch an international match played there. As far as the security is concerned there is nothing to pin point when it comes to US. I am also sure this will give a confidence accross the globe and will give a visibility on the game. I wish all the best to Team pakistan for future course of action and hope they play a lovely cricket whenever given a chance.

  • T20-champions-2009 on February 13, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    I think Its a good Idea to expand the game,,, but PAk should not play against US.we want to enjoy real cricket that is not possible unless there is another test playing nation againt PAK... So if PCB is keen to expand the game to the US they should bring AUS, ENG or other top teams against PAK. otherwise it will not attract any audiance...

  • on February 13, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    PCB should also keep in mind about possibilities of bringinf International Cricket back to Pakistani soils...

  • SIREN6800 on February 13, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    I believe its a great move, PCB must move forward. There are enough cricket fans in this great country, above all mature spectators and great sporting traditions of this country will provide a solid base to promote cricket in this country. Moreover we do need to explore other avenues as UAE attitude has been very poor in this context. They have forgotten the fact that the couple of decades ago we were the one with the help of India to introduce this lovely game in their country. Other options would certainly be enough to strike on their vanity .

    Please do not drag your politics in this.Usa is a great country, as its accomadating almost all the nationalities from around the globe with equal rights and freedom. Like all other nations Usa has security concerns and they are handling it very well as a responsible nation. I do not see any security concerns in this respect, as millions of tourists still visit USA from south asian countries.and are treated much better than UAE.

  • bouncer1021 on February 12, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Good plan but iIf ICC wants to really globalize the cricket, they need to get this game in the Olympic. Do what other American sports did...have a T20 game, double wkt game, HK sixes game...etc. You will see USA and China catching up to the game fast to pick up 3 medals.

    There are no grounds in US that can organize international game. May be in Florida but thats not where most south asians live. You will see a lot of fans coming to the games if it's played in NY, Dallas, Washington, LA, Houston or Chicago.

  • SOURIPANDU on February 12, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    Do you think Mohammad Yousuf can get VISA?

  • KTiwari on February 12, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Pakistan vers USA in cricket ..what a mouth watering contest.....I am sure that comedy central TV channel will cover this in US

  • on February 12, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    I hope above idea is good but as cricket fan we are having lot of problems visa, time & expenses... if PCB can organize in malaysia or singerpoor better than USA

  • timmyj on February 12, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    This is a total mirage, the kind we've been hearing for years! If this comes off it would violate every law of economics and sports marketing! Who would the Pakis play? Where would they play (absolutely no practice facilities)? When would they play (baseball stadia filled up in baseball season, football stadia filled up in football season)? Who in the world would want to come and play in Lauderhill, ignored by the general public, before a few thousand Desis when they can play in a first class cricket ground before tens of thousands? If Paki cricket's going broke they're gonna be bankrupt if they go through with this caper. The ONLY, and I repeat, ONLY justification for holding first class cricket in the states is to promote the game to mainstream Americans, NOT provide entertainment for the Desis, and I haven't heard a single word about that with all this hoopla. When this all finally plays out a hell of a l ot of people are gonna have egg on their faces.

  • on February 12, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    I THINK IS BAD IDEA PLAY IN PAKISTAN AUR DUBAI

  • UsedToLoveCricket on February 12, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    this will never work. Time difference is one thing, other things will include problems with travelling. The fans will not get visas to travel to watch their teams play their HOME series, I wouldn't even be surprised if half the team doesn't get visas to the US and even if they do then they will have to go through all sorts of 'security' checks and embarrassments when entering the country. All this to play a home series.

    Its a shame that international teams cant visit pakistan, but UAE would be the place closest to home in most ways than any other place.

    As an expat I would love to see pakistan play in USA but its just not practical.

  • on February 12, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    AS LONG AS PAKISTAN GETS TO PLAY CRICKET I WILL BE HAPPY ;)

  • Cric_whiz on February 12, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Well the thought is good for the game, however will the matches actually take place. Looking at the current security situation I seriously doubt if any of the Pakistani players are given the US Visa, even if they manage to get one,they will be detained at the airport. Well if people remember what had happened to Shah Rukh Khan(Bollywood Superstar), If he can be detained, just imagine what will happen to Mohammed Yousuf, just for the records he was in the past denied the Visa to Canada. Goodluck to the organisers, I see this venture going down the drain. Anyway US citizens dont understand the game anyway, they have there own cricket,the famous baseball.

  • on February 12, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    i think it wld be great for me as well as m moving to usa and pakistan cricket will follow me and m very happy and hope fully we strats off wid a serias against our rivals India ....it will be fun

  • tfjones1978 on February 12, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    I love the idea. Its about time that full members start thinking about their part in the global picture. USA and China are the future of cricket and needs to have regular series to incourage the #1 & #2 economic powers of the world to watch and be involved in cricket. USA could also give warm up matches (1 innings 2 day matches) for each team which would improve American players ability at the top level.

  • on February 12, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    i think its a good idea. strengthening the USA cricket infrastructure while providing an opportunity to people of subcontinent to enjoy the game live.

  • ovs86 on February 12, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    A more sensible option is to stage these matches in Malaysia, where there is a big number of Pakistani people living there. It will also cost less to stage a match in Malaysia than in USA

  • on February 12, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    I agree this thing can be the turning point for both the countries so Good Luck Pakistan and USA.

  • on February 12, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Cricket and the cricket loving public are the biggest losers in today's political scenario

  • elitestuff on February 12, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    how is this good for cricket? and how is ICC (Indian Cricket Councel) agreeing to this ?

  • khanyawar on February 12, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    What benefit can Pakistan Cricket possibly reap from staging its matches in the USA? This is more like taking the game further away from the people of Pakistan. Now they cant even enjoy the beloved game live on TV. I think the PCB management has some "other" motivations rather then public interests.

  • on February 12, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    I think this will a real boost for USA cricket, American players and fans will be able to interact with World champions. Pakistan will also benefit form the large Pakistani-American crowd's presence.

    I think a good for both boards.

  • on February 12, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    This will be great for USA cricket fans (especially those of South Asian descent). I wonder what facilities they have in mind to stage the games?

  • vswami on February 12, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Cricket in USA has been discussed for a long time now. Nothing concrete has come out so far. Television viewership in subcontinent will be quite poor due to the 12-15 hr time difference, once the novelty factor wears off. This article is more of possibilities and probabilities. Its strange for Pakistan to not have a more concrete policy to identify specific countries to stage its 'home' series. Dubai, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, England, and now USA... keep adding to the list. Wonder what Pakistanis in Pakistan would make of being made to watch a home series during the night.

  • promal on February 12, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    Well, even Pakistan's test series against NZ in NZ was a 'home' series for them.

  • pudden on February 12, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    What a shot in the arm this will be for cricket in the USA! Mr. Lockerbie is doing a fantastic job.He has been having talks with many other professional cricket organization around the world. What a blessing to USA cricket!

    There is definitely a large market for cricket in this country. I know at this time we do not have the facilities to stage international games. It is a fact that the cricket circle in the USA does not have the finances to build these kind of facilities. With Pakistan now thinking of playing their home games in the USA, it will be of benefit to both the USA and Pakistan.

  • ATL48 on February 12, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    India and Pakistan in the United States will be the right matchup to fill a 40,000 seat baseball stadium in America.

  • fastballer138 on February 11, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    I am living in the USA and this is really exciting news for me because i am a HUGE fan of pakistan cricket and pakistan doesnt really have a lot of cricket after the tour of england and i hope that there wont be anymore security issues. i cant wait for the matches. i hope that some good teams play against pakistan too( if they play in the USA).

  • on February 11, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    sounds interesting... i would certainly go and see one of the matches :)

  • on February 11, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Is it me, or have there been a lot of "cricket in America" topics on Cricinfo lately?

  • shams44 on February 11, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    mmmm..... i think it is in the benefit of the both countries. for Pakistan it will be another safe 'home' and for USA it is very good move towards the development of cricket in the country, who can be the up coming competitor of the cricketing world...i think that and the funniest reason of this dialogue could be the way to escape of Ijaz butt from the case mad by USACA against him...(smile)

  • on February 11, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    The problem is that US timings dont suite TV viewing in Pakistan as the matches will start at night and end early morning. If Pakistan are playing home series in a neutral country i reckon that the Pakistanis should be atleast able to watch it on TV. USA as host maybe fun for visiting PCB officials but anything on west of Atlantic interfears with sleeping routines of home cricket fans. That would reduce interest in cricket to knowing results in news and on cricinfo only.

  • pritpalpabla on February 11, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    These kinda news really excites me always.... can't wait to see international cricket here in USA....

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  • pritpalpabla on February 11, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    These kinda news really excites me always.... can't wait to see international cricket here in USA....

  • on February 11, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    The problem is that US timings dont suite TV viewing in Pakistan as the matches will start at night and end early morning. If Pakistan are playing home series in a neutral country i reckon that the Pakistanis should be atleast able to watch it on TV. USA as host maybe fun for visiting PCB officials but anything on west of Atlantic interfears with sleeping routines of home cricket fans. That would reduce interest in cricket to knowing results in news and on cricinfo only.

  • shams44 on February 11, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    mmmm..... i think it is in the benefit of the both countries. for Pakistan it will be another safe 'home' and for USA it is very good move towards the development of cricket in the country, who can be the up coming competitor of the cricketing world...i think that and the funniest reason of this dialogue could be the way to escape of Ijaz butt from the case mad by USACA against him...(smile)

  • on February 11, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Is it me, or have there been a lot of "cricket in America" topics on Cricinfo lately?

  • on February 11, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    sounds interesting... i would certainly go and see one of the matches :)

  • fastballer138 on February 11, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    I am living in the USA and this is really exciting news for me because i am a HUGE fan of pakistan cricket and pakistan doesnt really have a lot of cricket after the tour of england and i hope that there wont be anymore security issues. i cant wait for the matches. i hope that some good teams play against pakistan too( if they play in the USA).

  • ATL48 on February 12, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    India and Pakistan in the United States will be the right matchup to fill a 40,000 seat baseball stadium in America.

  • pudden on February 12, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    What a shot in the arm this will be for cricket in the USA! Mr. Lockerbie is doing a fantastic job.He has been having talks with many other professional cricket organization around the world. What a blessing to USA cricket!

    There is definitely a large market for cricket in this country. I know at this time we do not have the facilities to stage international games. It is a fact that the cricket circle in the USA does not have the finances to build these kind of facilities. With Pakistan now thinking of playing their home games in the USA, it will be of benefit to both the USA and Pakistan.

  • promal on February 12, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    Well, even Pakistan's test series against NZ in NZ was a 'home' series for them.

  • vswami on February 12, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Cricket in USA has been discussed for a long time now. Nothing concrete has come out so far. Television viewership in subcontinent will be quite poor due to the 12-15 hr time difference, once the novelty factor wears off. This article is more of possibilities and probabilities. Its strange for Pakistan to not have a more concrete policy to identify specific countries to stage its 'home' series. Dubai, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, England, and now USA... keep adding to the list. Wonder what Pakistanis in Pakistan would make of being made to watch a home series during the night.