The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed a security company for a period of three years in order to resume the international cricket in Pakistan.
Newly appointed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi confirmed the news and revealed that that formation of the international security company will help the resumption of cricket in the country.
According to the reports of the Dawn, Sethi said, “It’s a step by the ICC for the revival of international cricket in Pakistan. The company is based in three countries ‘ the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates ‘ and has a good repute. A representative of the Federation of International Cricketers (FICA) will accompany the security company to personally monitor the security situation in Lahore.”
Najam also explained that it would be a four-day visit, in which, the security team would try to find out whether Pakistan is capable of managing the necessary security arrangements to the teams or not. He said, “It will be a four-day visit where the security company will work with the government of Punjab to get assurances that all the recommendations submitted by security experts of the different countries who visited Lahore to watch the final of the second Pakistan Super League (PSL) season have been incorporated by the government in its SOPs, or not.”
In the meantime, the PCB chairman also gave an affirmation that the references proposed by foreign security specialists when they paid a visit to Lahore for the PSL final had been combined in the SOPs of the Punjab government.
A Sri Lankan delegation also visited Lahore during the PSL final and Sethi reckons that the former’s positive report about the security arrangements had tempted the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to agree upon a short trip to Lahore during their upcoming series against Pakistan.
Sri Lankans are waiting for a security clearance as they are expected to play a maximum of two T20Is in Lahore in September.