Pakistan news October 20, 2012

Lara declines to play T20 matches in Pakistan

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Brian Lara was made an offer to play for the International XI in the two unofficial Twenty20 matches in Karachi but he refused because he was concerned about the message his participation would send out, given that the PCB had disassociated itself from the games.

"Yes, an offer was made to me," Lara told the Trinidad Guardian. "Until such time as the governing body in Pakistan [PCB] is able to convince the rest of the world that the best safety mechanisms have been put in place, and the ICC agrees, I would have to say no."

The Twenty20 games between the International XI and a Pakistan All Stars XI at the National Stadium will mark the return of international players and cricket, albeit unofficial, to Pakistan for the first time since the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009.

The PCB issued No Objection Certificates to its contracted players to play the games and allowed the use of the venue but maintained the games were unofficial and unsanctioned. The Sindh sports minister, Mohammad Ali Shah, with the support of the Karachi government, arranged all logistic and security arrangements as well as the broadcasting deal. It was reported that the total cost of staging the matches was Rs 3 crore ($314,300 approximately*).

The three West Indians in the International XI are former players Ricardo Powell, Jermaine Lawson and Adam Sanford, while Alvin Kallicharran is the coach and manager. Both Kallicharran and Powell, who was Lara's team-mate, said they were happy to be part of this venture.

"To be honest, yes I was a bit hesitant initially, having heard stories of different kinds about playing in Pakistan," Powell told the News. "But when I was told by the organisers that everything is in order I took their word and I am here in front of you. I am feeling at home here and there are no reservations in my mind. I have played against Pakistan but this is my first visit to this country."

*11:39 GMT, October 20: The amount in dollars was initially wrongly stated. This has been corrected.

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  • POSTED BY Jaz1975 on | October 22, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Most of them were retired players but Pakistan wanted to show world that we can provide fool proof security to International teams, thanks to all these players who participated, thanks to Jaisuriya. As thousands miles journey always starts with the 1st step, so this is the first step. It would have been great if Lara would have participated as good will jesture, neverthless, it was great show, people of Pakistan showed that we love cricket, terrirrosim cannot stop our passion towrds sports or cricket.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | October 22, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    I don't blame him he has better things to do like be an ambassador :)

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Lara was a great player. His decision to opt out of T20 matches in Pakistan is his choice which should be respected.

  • POSTED BY Taqi.Shah on | October 21, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Yes, I agree... Lara is not a T20 Player. His are is over now. PCB should invite currently domestic players from international teams like Srilanka, Newzeland, west indies, Zimbabwe, australia, england...etc.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Lara used to be good batsman that was a long time ago. The reality as, He a useless batsman in now days. Wast of time to give him so much while he can't contribute anything. Jasuriya is good batsman He was there.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    This was a bad decision. As respected and amongst the best, i am sure many wld have liked to see Lara bat. He should have taken the leaf from others...

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster: you have always got a thing to say about pakistan... Who is asking you to "tour" Pakistan... ? The terrible news that you hear is quite frequently Glorified by the Sensational Media of the sub continent.

  • POSTED BY Mian.Invader on | October 20, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    @Krishna Chaitanya: Yes, you're right. They could have looked for T20 players currently playing in england, australia, srilanka, new zealand etc, or they could have asked associate teams players currently playing, there are tons of good players in associate teams. Still its a positive sign for us but it could've been much better.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Its a start but this is not an international team. As a pakistani still worried about security.

  • POSTED BY HumzaRafaqat on | October 20, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Sanath,we have to proud on you and srilanka team.

  • POSTED BY Jaz1975 on | October 22, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Most of them were retired players but Pakistan wanted to show world that we can provide fool proof security to International teams, thanks to all these players who participated, thanks to Jaisuriya. As thousands miles journey always starts with the 1st step, so this is the first step. It would have been great if Lara would have participated as good will jesture, neverthless, it was great show, people of Pakistan showed that we love cricket, terrirrosim cannot stop our passion towrds sports or cricket.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | October 22, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    I don't blame him he has better things to do like be an ambassador :)

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Lara was a great player. His decision to opt out of T20 matches in Pakistan is his choice which should be respected.

  • POSTED BY Taqi.Shah on | October 21, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Yes, I agree... Lara is not a T20 Player. His are is over now. PCB should invite currently domestic players from international teams like Srilanka, Newzeland, west indies, Zimbabwe, australia, england...etc.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Lara used to be good batsman that was a long time ago. The reality as, He a useless batsman in now days. Wast of time to give him so much while he can't contribute anything. Jasuriya is good batsman He was there.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    This was a bad decision. As respected and amongst the best, i am sure many wld have liked to see Lara bat. He should have taken the leaf from others...

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster: you have always got a thing to say about pakistan... Who is asking you to "tour" Pakistan... ? The terrible news that you hear is quite frequently Glorified by the Sensational Media of the sub continent.

  • POSTED BY Mian.Invader on | October 20, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    @Krishna Chaitanya: Yes, you're right. They could have looked for T20 players currently playing in england, australia, srilanka, new zealand etc, or they could have asked associate teams players currently playing, there are tons of good players in associate teams. Still its a positive sign for us but it could've been much better.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Its a start but this is not an international team. As a pakistani still worried about security.

  • POSTED BY HumzaRafaqat on | October 20, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Sanath,we have to proud on you and srilanka team.

  • POSTED BY HumzaRafaqat on | October 20, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Lara you make us really disappointed as you loose a lot of fanship today.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | October 20, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    standard of commentry and cricket both are worse....in 13 overs Pak lost 5 wickets with 12 drop catches(with countless misfields)by the opposition.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Yes i think Brian lara are test player not t20 he cant play t20 he can do just took took.... so DOn't say no

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    No disrespect towards Pak cricket ...this match is a welcome sign for Pakistan....however i'm watching it now...its like Pakistan vs Unknown(Except sanath who isn't a cricketer now by any means).Organisers could have done better.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Its good sign for Pakistan cricket and at least international player started to come.. Every journey starts with a single step.. Plus it wont matter that Lara didnt come.. May be some other time..

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 20, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Sensible decision by Lara. Pakistan is still a dangerous country in the world. I personally wouldn't tour Pakistan given the opportunity. I feel sorry for the Pakistani supporters but I am sure even they realize the seriousness of the situation in their country. Even ordinary Pakistani citizens are not safe. I hear terrible news everyday coming out of Pakistan. It's so sad and my prayers go out to the innocent lives in Pakistan. God bless.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    People forget international cricket in Pakistan until the end of 2014, only when NATO forces leave Afghanistan, it will be possible for cricket to return in our country!

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    yes,no dought lara was a briliant batsman in his time,but not mean he is also have a briliant thought as nice sportsman.he forget that was happen in the past with sri lanka,s players.if lara is a great man,he must have to sport cricket in pakistan and happiness of cricket lover in pakistan.please my dear brian lara think positive like a great sportsman as you r.dont forget you have a great fan following in pakistan,what massage you are sanding for lovers there, try to be great always like as you r,thank,s alot.

  • POSTED BY sukku88 on | October 20, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    PCB is letting down Pak cricket by being dumb and dissociated.... Best wishes for the meaningful initiative..

    from Indian Cricket fans...

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | October 20, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Brian Charles you made the right decision. Malala Yousafzai who is currently in a hospital in Birmingham, England is an example whereby secutity in Pakistan cannot be trusted.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    BRIAN LARA is in top form after the matches he played recently. he should be in the IPL. but we must respect his decision.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    It is amazing how all these people (mostly pakistani fans) are saying that Lara is old, that nobody wants to see him play any way etc. Guess what nobody have heard of world - XI, except sanath, let alone wanting to see them! Jayasurya is not even wanted in t20s and ipls...looks like he (and rest of the world XI) wants to make as much money as possible before he/they is forgotten!

  • POSTED BY Hommi on | October 20, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    i got great respect for Lara.. he is my favorite cricketer.. :) thanks to our great friends the lankans for helping us out in such situation.. thanks to Powell and Nell(one of my most favorite SAF bowler) and others.. hope everything goes well

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Good luck to Pakistan and hope to see return of an international games soon

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | October 20, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    @Rajesh india,thanks 4 Ur gd wishes bt if any cricktr can b safe in india than why nt in pak?@Haleos,my friend it z pak vs intrnational 11 nt btwen ind vs intl'11,so Ur predictn z flawd

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Return of international players and cricket to Pakistan is breaking news not the refusal of Lara. I do not know why international media always try to highlight positive development for Pakistan cricket in negative way.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | October 20, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    And that shall not be forgotten, moving on!

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Lara hasn't played a match in ages !! but PCB could've given the assurance

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    What ever so must go on Raj Kapoor said that dosent matter who play

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    some times accident happen @rajesh india 1990 . (it doesn't mean they will happen always)

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    A Funny International XI. i dont know who these are except Sanath!!!

  • POSTED BY sal80 on | October 20, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    There was no point of lara Saying NO for these matches , as ground has been provided by PCB so this means PCB has is of course the boss, on the other side if do not want to come to pak that is his own wish we cant force people to come over here, those who are sincere with us will come.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    dnt think people are now interested in watching an old brian lara, and neither he has great fan following in pakistan, Sanath and Sachin have more fans in Pakistan as compared to Lara, so he should stay whereever he is.

  • POSTED BY JuggyBear on | October 20, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    @ Metman He did want to play IPL and was up for auction but no one picked him up, And where exactly did he try to make easy money?

  • POSTED BY Crazy_Pk on | October 20, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    @Muhammad Faisal, Geo Super is broadcasting both matches live

  • POSTED BY sal485 on | October 20, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @ cricinfo staff.Why can,t you find any thing positive from this tour.Instead of highlighting the importance of tour ,you always spread negative propaganda.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    @muhammad faisal GEO SUPER will broadcast both t20s

  • POSTED BY sandip_turakhia on | October 20, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Guyz, Tony Greig is diagnosed lung cancer. Do you all know that? He is one of the best commentators at the moment. Sympathy with his family.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Who cares he play or not, jasurya is there..... I'm really proud of those players who said yes to Pakistan....Only brave people can take brave decisions.....Cowards will never visit Pakistan....

    Old is Gold,,,,,, I'm happy with this match....lots of love from Pakistan for South African, Srilankan and westindiens palyers....and for Afghani player.............................................................

    @ Rajesh ....your team is coward they're not brave like world xi

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Good news for our country and Anyboday can tell me who is going to broadcast this matches which channel??

  • POSTED BY Metman on | October 20, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    It looks as though Lara doesn't want to play cricket anymore...he has even refused many offers to play any type of cricket for the West Indian community in the West Indies since his retirement....didn't want to play IPL cricket either....just looking for easy money...like the one he recently obtained....tried that stunt in India,but they were on to him.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | October 20, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Lara rightly refused the dangerous offer..God please save other players..

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    3 crore means Rs. 30 Million and when converted in dollar terms it is not $32000 its equal to $300,000 (Current exchange rate between PAk Rs. and dollar is Rs 100/$1)

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Come on media let him be wherever he wants to be. Besides who knows how many more times he is going to get asked to play on international pitches.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 20, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    result of the current series 1-1.

  • POSTED BY ziasahib on | October 20, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Why Lara,s decline is highlighted a lot? Pakistan may have contacted hundreds of players and how many agreed, it is infront of you now. It should not be a news that some one declined but it should be a news about the supporting personalities of cricket who agreed to play. anyone can refuse but the ones who accepted invitation should be honoured in the news ONLY.

  • POSTED BY saari63 on | October 20, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Do not do that you should welcome cricket in PAKISTAN BE POSITIVE NOT NEGETIVE

  • POSTED BY kancha.punit on | October 20, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Rs. 3 crore equals to $ 32 000??? Get your facts right mate....

  • POSTED BY Asif_Iqbal on | October 20, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    The article's heading shows how much ICC inrested to resume cricket in Pakistan ???????

  • POSTED BY JanabAli on | October 20, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Dear Writter,, 3 crore = US$:320,000 (Approx), please make corrections...

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    AND how does $32000 makes 3 crore Rs.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Dear Cric Info....

    Please don't degrade our economy that much as the total cost was USD 320,000 instead of 32,000. Please make the CORRECTION.

    We (Pakistanis) will be thankful to you.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    PCB disassociation from these two matches is sending wrong message,, PCB sghould have taken active part in such event, rather by disassociating themselves from it means its not safe here yet,,,, cannot understand the LOGIC of PCB,,,, SHAME ON U

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Brian Lara is not only good batsman he has good sportsmanship. When he was playing he walked every time when he knows he is out even waiting for the umpire decision.

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | October 20, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    His inclusion along sanath would have done a World of good to Pak's efforts of restorng intrnational cricket in pak.ANYWAY LETS WAIT N SEE AND I M MORE THAN HOPFUL THAT EVRYTHING WOULD B ACCOMPALISHED WITHOUT ANY FUSS(INSHALLAH TALA)

  • POSTED BY Aura123 on | October 20, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Stop trying to put negative publicity of this game and highlight the positive aspect about cricket back in Pakistan, For your information PCB has full backing of this tour said be Wasim Bari PCB. So please stop this negativity

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Brian Lara haven't played a T20I so his exclusion is more than welcomed.

  • POSTED BY ali145 on | October 20, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    PCB should appoint lara as the batting coach,,,,

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  • POSTED BY ali145 on | October 20, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    PCB should appoint lara as the batting coach,,,,

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Brian Lara haven't played a T20I so his exclusion is more than welcomed.

  • POSTED BY Aura123 on | October 20, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Stop trying to put negative publicity of this game and highlight the positive aspect about cricket back in Pakistan, For your information PCB has full backing of this tour said be Wasim Bari PCB. So please stop this negativity

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | October 20, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    His inclusion along sanath would have done a World of good to Pak's efforts of restorng intrnational cricket in pak.ANYWAY LETS WAIT N SEE AND I M MORE THAN HOPFUL THAT EVRYTHING WOULD B ACCOMPALISHED WITHOUT ANY FUSS(INSHALLAH TALA)

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Brian Lara is not only good batsman he has good sportsmanship. When he was playing he walked every time when he knows he is out even waiting for the umpire decision.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    PCB disassociation from these two matches is sending wrong message,, PCB sghould have taken active part in such event, rather by disassociating themselves from it means its not safe here yet,,,, cannot understand the LOGIC of PCB,,,, SHAME ON U

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Dear Cric Info....

    Please don't degrade our economy that much as the total cost was USD 320,000 instead of 32,000. Please make the CORRECTION.

    We (Pakistanis) will be thankful to you.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    AND how does $32000 makes 3 crore Rs.

  • POSTED BY JanabAli on | October 20, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Dear Writter,, 3 crore = US$:320,000 (Approx), please make corrections...

  • POSTED BY Asif_Iqbal on | October 20, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    The article's heading shows how much ICC inrested to resume cricket in Pakistan ???????