Pakistan news January 14, 2011

Richardson rules out international cricket in Pakistan

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Dave Richardson, the ICC's general manager for cricket, has firmly ruled out the possibility of international cricket returning to Pakistan in the near future. Pakistan has not hosted an international series since the Lahore attacks on Sri Lanka's cricketers in March 2009, and as long there isn't an improvement in the security situation there was no point talking of bringing international cricket back to the country, Richardson said. Instead, he claimed the way forward was to promote the domestic setup in Pakistan.

"It's useless to talk about bringing back international cricket to Pakistan," Richardson told reporters in Karachi. "I think once there is an improvement in the security conditions and arrangements then teams can be convinced to start looking at playing in Pakistan again."

Pakistan was stripped of its rights to co-host the 2011 World Cup with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the aftermath of the Lahore attacks. Amid the decline in cricket in the country, the domestic competitions deserved more attention, said Richardson. "It might take a lot of time but it doesn't mean that the game cannot progress here. The PCB should concentrate on promoting the domestic structure. According to me, that's the only way to keep the game going."

Richardson is in Karachi to watch the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan's premier first-class tournament, which is being played under lights at the National Stadium. It's an unprecedented event in Pakistan domestic cricket and one of the ways the PCB is trying to promote domestic cricket in these difficult times.

"The ICC is working on several recommendations to make Test cricket more interesting and the day-night option sounds very interesting. I am here to see whether it's feasible to conduct Test matches under lights using orange balls.

"The PCB has taken a good decision to hold the final of the five-day domestic tournament under lights and it will help popularise the sport as well."

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  • Peace_ on January 15, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    This comment of Dave Richardson was not needed.

  • Saadi69 on January 15, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    To answer mohammad khan ethnic fights have been going on for ages even when the 96 world cup was held the law and order sittuation has nothing to do with providing security for players. It was the govt responsibility to provide security to players. the security was inadequate. The attack on the players had nothing to do with anything going on in the country except to hurt the country.

  • afy147 on January 15, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    How About playing in Mirpur in Pakistani Kashmir because there are no such security problems there as there are in the rest of pakistan.

  • on January 15, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    @ Mangesh.... I guess you have gone a bit to far in making judgement and setting hopes for Pakistan holding the matches and blaming it on the politics, which clearly show your lack of knowledge about the sport and Pakistan's internal affairs. In a broader aspect attacks on Sri Lankan team was security lapse but it was a shame for ICC of having no plans for game and visiting teams in passive war stuck country. In up coming world cup two major venue countries have a history of terrorist attacks (Specially Mumbai attacks where the city was high jacked by terrorist for hours) and sectarian violence ( in Sri Lanka). Is there any plans or agenda ICC have for security and compliance ?? this is a similar case when ICC lacks game plan to stop the corruption and match fixing in cricket till NOW came into the picture....Lets not forget that this is not only a problem with security in Pakistan its also highlight the weakness of ICC in properly handling the matters....

  • mihir_nam on January 15, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Pakistan agree security is concern ..but where world cup final is attack was happened hardly 1mile ahead of it.SuBcontinent itself is not safe..9/11 happened just once , London Madrid bombings happen just once...but in SubContinent u don't know then there is next bombing.. Pakistan should play in Associate nation to lift their cricket ..USA is good ground and UAE too.... But if Pak wants to play India in home series then no other place better than Lords,Birmingham,Manchester.....in early June

  • on January 15, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    I totally agreed with Kashif Shah statement.

  • on January 15, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    I think, Pakistan should play its international matches in the UAE and possibly China,till late 2014 at least. We cannot have international cricket as long as there is an ongoing war in Afghanistan. Plus Pakistan has massive problems such as law and order like the continuous target killings of different ethnic groups in Karachi , so it is not in the position to facilitate international sides and ensure their safety.

  • justroundthecorner on January 15, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Ok so does this imply that an objective security criteria exists to evaluate Pakistan's or for that matter any other country's security situation? If it does then can the ICC kindly share it with the rest of the world? Transparency is the key over here.

  • on January 15, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    I HOPE PAKISTAN NEVER GETS TO HOST ANY EVENTS! THE COUNTRY's POLITICS MUST OWN UP FOR THIS! AND ONLY ON IMPROVEMENT IN THE COUNTRY SHOULD IT BE ALLOWED TO HOLD MATCHES

  • on January 15, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    How is Richardson qualified to make comments about Pakistan's security situation? But then again he is right. Living in Karachi has taught me that things change in minutes in terms of security. As for the flood lit finals of the domestic tournament, it doesn't make sense for Pakistan to host it, where there is already an enormous energy crisis. Instead a publicity plan should have been made to promote it and even a more safer venue, where at least people would have come to watch!

  • Peace_ on January 15, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    This comment of Dave Richardson was not needed.

  • Saadi69 on January 15, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    To answer mohammad khan ethnic fights have been going on for ages even when the 96 world cup was held the law and order sittuation has nothing to do with providing security for players. It was the govt responsibility to provide security to players. the security was inadequate. The attack on the players had nothing to do with anything going on in the country except to hurt the country.

  • afy147 on January 15, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    How About playing in Mirpur in Pakistani Kashmir because there are no such security problems there as there are in the rest of pakistan.

  • on January 15, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    @ Mangesh.... I guess you have gone a bit to far in making judgement and setting hopes for Pakistan holding the matches and blaming it on the politics, which clearly show your lack of knowledge about the sport and Pakistan's internal affairs. In a broader aspect attacks on Sri Lankan team was security lapse but it was a shame for ICC of having no plans for game and visiting teams in passive war stuck country. In up coming world cup two major venue countries have a history of terrorist attacks (Specially Mumbai attacks where the city was high jacked by terrorist for hours) and sectarian violence ( in Sri Lanka). Is there any plans or agenda ICC have for security and compliance ?? this is a similar case when ICC lacks game plan to stop the corruption and match fixing in cricket till NOW came into the picture....Lets not forget that this is not only a problem with security in Pakistan its also highlight the weakness of ICC in properly handling the matters....

  • mihir_nam on January 15, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Pakistan agree security is concern ..but where world cup final is attack was happened hardly 1mile ahead of it.SuBcontinent itself is not safe..9/11 happened just once , London Madrid bombings happen just once...but in SubContinent u don't know then there is next bombing.. Pakistan should play in Associate nation to lift their cricket ..USA is good ground and UAE too.... But if Pak wants to play India in home series then no other place better than Lords,Birmingham,Manchester.....in early June

  • on January 15, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    I totally agreed with Kashif Shah statement.

  • on January 15, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    I think, Pakistan should play its international matches in the UAE and possibly China,till late 2014 at least. We cannot have international cricket as long as there is an ongoing war in Afghanistan. Plus Pakistan has massive problems such as law and order like the continuous target killings of different ethnic groups in Karachi , so it is not in the position to facilitate international sides and ensure their safety.

  • justroundthecorner on January 15, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Ok so does this imply that an objective security criteria exists to evaluate Pakistan's or for that matter any other country's security situation? If it does then can the ICC kindly share it with the rest of the world? Transparency is the key over here.

  • on January 15, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    I HOPE PAKISTAN NEVER GETS TO HOST ANY EVENTS! THE COUNTRY's POLITICS MUST OWN UP FOR THIS! AND ONLY ON IMPROVEMENT IN THE COUNTRY SHOULD IT BE ALLOWED TO HOLD MATCHES

  • on January 15, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    How is Richardson qualified to make comments about Pakistan's security situation? But then again he is right. Living in Karachi has taught me that things change in minutes in terms of security. As for the flood lit finals of the domestic tournament, it doesn't make sense for Pakistan to host it, where there is already an enormous energy crisis. Instead a publicity plan should have been made to promote it and even a more safer venue, where at least people would have come to watch!

  • Shafaaqat on January 15, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Understandable but its unfortunate too, Mark could easily have hinted on A team tours or some twenty twenty fixtures between Local champions and teams from other countries. If one is serious about it, its not difficult to atleast hit on ideas. We all understand it will take time, but there should be some roadmap. Agreed, PCB needs to improve their domestic cricket but one must not forget that we have produced cricketers like Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Miandad, Zaheer, Inzi and many more with the same infrastructure. We are still competing very well at the world level although its been controversy ridden tours till now but as far as results are concerned those have not been that bad. So, one can't put us in Zimbabwe category where they lacked cricketers to represent the country. Mark could easily have encouraged the Zimbabwe to take the lead who have already indicated that they are willing to visit Pakistan. Mark could have given a serious thought of sending an ICC selected team to PAK too.

  • on January 15, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    One positive effect from it all could be the playing of Pakistan home series in places like China (which Javed Miandad has recently proposed) and the USA. Pakistan cricket could have an enormous impact in the promotion of the game worldwide.

  • mustufa on January 14, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Its better for Pakistan in lots of ways, no more flat track bullies play in Pak team, they all have played in Aus, England and NewZealand and the young ones are making their techniques for those conditions to survive, its working.

  • khurramsch on January 14, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    no worrys at all. pak should play abroad or uae & as far as i know 2011 is a busy year for pak. they have many tours. & that very wel said tht meanwhile pak should improve domestic cricket.& make it high level. good to see pak doing world expermnts for day night tests & pink ball.

  • sirvivfan on January 14, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    I concur with the conclusion, safety of players and countries reputation must take precedent. It is very unfortunate both for the public and Pakistani players that games cannot be played at home. If you look at the test rankings, India has played most cricket 42 games in the assessment period, Pakistan has played 26 games almost all away. Pakistan must look to have a permanent away ground for the players to get use to playing in. If it is Abu Dhabi then they should stick to it and not change around like they did this summer in England. Mean while PCB should focus in enhancing the domestic cricket. It should also encourage Pakistani players to go to countries like South Africa and Austrailia even if it means playing grade cricket. I would identify core of good young players for this. Bit of planning and help from other cricket boards will help the siutation. I would defrain from playing homes games in the UK, even though ECB had good intention not the public or the press! Sir VIV

  • sri1ram on January 14, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    I am not sure why the ICC is handling this issue with kid gloves even now - just take this as one more opportunity to take Ijaz Butt and the inept management to task and out of the PCB. It would be great for the welcoming crowds in Pakistan to enjoy international cricket, just like millions of other South Asians will be enjoying theirs. Of course, the security measures need to be stringent - hope and pray that the other countries do not undergo any issues while holing the WC2011.

  • Desi_In_US on January 14, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    As a Pakistani and fan of Cricket I am saddened by the fact that International cricket will not return to Pakistan anytime soon. However, neither am I surprised nor upset. Given the current domestic situation, it will be a huge risk that frankly Pakistani administration at any level is incabable of mitigating. We don't want a repeat of Lahore. Too much to risk for not enough glory. I hope and pray for the day when Pakistan will return as a host of Internation games (IA).

  • on January 14, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    I'm a Pakistani and yet I don't want international teams playing in Pakistan soon. Although the situation is not that bad as portrayed in media for the common man but international people can become prime targets for the miscreants. Although what more could I have asked for, had the world cup taken place near my house in Qaddafi Stadium but it's for the best. I do hope that, for once, good leaders run the country then it would be a matter of time before Pakistan is peaceful again and everything including cricket would be welcomed.

  • on January 14, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    agreed with richi players / team safety comes 1st.. and i m from Pakistan but i cant deny the fact..its nt safe to player there..

  • on January 14, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    I thought sport breaks barriers and bring people close. I strongly believe Cricket can improve situations in Pakistan. We should have some international fixture there. We all know how football stopped war and bought people together. Richardson should take example from football.

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  • on January 14, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    I thought sport breaks barriers and bring people close. I strongly believe Cricket can improve situations in Pakistan. We should have some international fixture there. We all know how football stopped war and bought people together. Richardson should take example from football.

  • on January 14, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    agreed with richi players / team safety comes 1st.. and i m from Pakistan but i cant deny the fact..its nt safe to player there..

  • on January 14, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    I'm a Pakistani and yet I don't want international teams playing in Pakistan soon. Although the situation is not that bad as portrayed in media for the common man but international people can become prime targets for the miscreants. Although what more could I have asked for, had the world cup taken place near my house in Qaddafi Stadium but it's for the best. I do hope that, for once, good leaders run the country then it would be a matter of time before Pakistan is peaceful again and everything including cricket would be welcomed.

  • Desi_In_US on January 14, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    As a Pakistani and fan of Cricket I am saddened by the fact that International cricket will not return to Pakistan anytime soon. However, neither am I surprised nor upset. Given the current domestic situation, it will be a huge risk that frankly Pakistani administration at any level is incabable of mitigating. We don't want a repeat of Lahore. Too much to risk for not enough glory. I hope and pray for the day when Pakistan will return as a host of Internation games (IA).

  • sri1ram on January 14, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    I am not sure why the ICC is handling this issue with kid gloves even now - just take this as one more opportunity to take Ijaz Butt and the inept management to task and out of the PCB. It would be great for the welcoming crowds in Pakistan to enjoy international cricket, just like millions of other South Asians will be enjoying theirs. Of course, the security measures need to be stringent - hope and pray that the other countries do not undergo any issues while holing the WC2011.

  • sirvivfan on January 14, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    I concur with the conclusion, safety of players and countries reputation must take precedent. It is very unfortunate both for the public and Pakistani players that games cannot be played at home. If you look at the test rankings, India has played most cricket 42 games in the assessment period, Pakistan has played 26 games almost all away. Pakistan must look to have a permanent away ground for the players to get use to playing in. If it is Abu Dhabi then they should stick to it and not change around like they did this summer in England. Mean while PCB should focus in enhancing the domestic cricket. It should also encourage Pakistani players to go to countries like South Africa and Austrailia even if it means playing grade cricket. I would identify core of good young players for this. Bit of planning and help from other cricket boards will help the siutation. I would defrain from playing homes games in the UK, even though ECB had good intention not the public or the press! Sir VIV

  • khurramsch on January 14, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    no worrys at all. pak should play abroad or uae & as far as i know 2011 is a busy year for pak. they have many tours. & that very wel said tht meanwhile pak should improve domestic cricket.& make it high level. good to see pak doing world expermnts for day night tests & pink ball.

  • mustufa on January 14, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Its better for Pakistan in lots of ways, no more flat track bullies play in Pak team, they all have played in Aus, England and NewZealand and the young ones are making their techniques for those conditions to survive, its working.

  • on January 15, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    One positive effect from it all could be the playing of Pakistan home series in places like China (which Javed Miandad has recently proposed) and the USA. Pakistan cricket could have an enormous impact in the promotion of the game worldwide.

  • Shafaaqat on January 15, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Understandable but its unfortunate too, Mark could easily have hinted on A team tours or some twenty twenty fixtures between Local champions and teams from other countries. If one is serious about it, its not difficult to atleast hit on ideas. We all understand it will take time, but there should be some roadmap. Agreed, PCB needs to improve their domestic cricket but one must not forget that we have produced cricketers like Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Miandad, Zaheer, Inzi and many more with the same infrastructure. We are still competing very well at the world level although its been controversy ridden tours till now but as far as results are concerned those have not been that bad. So, one can't put us in Zimbabwe category where they lacked cricketers to represent the country. Mark could easily have encouraged the Zimbabwe to take the lead who have already indicated that they are willing to visit Pakistan. Mark could have given a serious thought of sending an ICC selected team to PAK too.