Pakistan unsafe to tour, says former cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan

Pakistan have failed to host any international cricket since the attack on the Sri Lanka team bus by armed militants in Lahore in March 2009 that left eight people dead and seven Lankan players wounded.

updated: August 10, 2013 12:36 IST
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According to Shahryar Khan, a former diplomat and ex-chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, foreign teams like India are unlikely to travel to his country to play cricket. International cricket deserted Pakistan after the 2009 Lahore terror attacks and considering the country's volatile political climate, teams are unlikely to tour in a hurry, feels Khan.

The 79-year-old Khan, who is Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's special envoy for improving relations with India, said on Friday that Pakistan is still very unsafe for visiting teams to tour. "I can't see any international cricket team coming to Pakistan in the foreseeable future," Khan told a leading newspaper.

Khan was appointed as PCB chief from 2003-2006 by former President Pervez Musharraf. He says that cricket revival is high on the agenda in Pakistan.

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