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Akram suggests PCB to invite World XI team to Pakistan

Former captain Wasim Akram has suggested the Pakistan Cricket Board to invite a World eleven team to play matches in the country in a bid to clear the security apprehensions of foreign teams.

cricket Updated: Feb 06, 2009 04:25 IST

Former captain Wasim Akram has suggested the Pakistan Cricket Board to invite a World eleven team to play matches in the country in a bid to clear the security apprehensions of foreign teams.

The fast bowling great told reporters in Lahore that there was no doubt some foreign teams were not willing to play in Pakistan and this was a problem that had plagued the nation's cricket for last many years.

"But I think we need to find viable solutions to get around this problem which is not going to go away soon," Akram said.

"We should give priority to inviting a World eleven if no country is willing to send teams to Pakistan. If we offer good money to international cricketers from different country they will come and this will go a long way in showing the world that it is safe to play cricket in our country," he added.

Akram also said that Pakistan had lost its say and influence in international cricket and there was an acute need to work on this area.

He also agreed with fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar that the PCB should think of organising its own Twenty20 league and try to attract players from countries who have no qualms about playing in Pakistan.