Pakistan news February 11, 2010

USA may be new venue for Pakistan matches

Cricinfo staff

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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  • Ali 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...

  • Suhail 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.

  • IMRAN 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...

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2010, 13:59 GMT

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

  • n 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.

  • sali 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.

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

    Do you think Mohammad Yousuf can get VISA?

  • K 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Tim 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.

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