PCB thanks India, showcases Karachi

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan has shot off letters to all Test-playing nations showcasing the successful hosting of the Test in the port city.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 15:33 IST

PCB chief Shaharyar Khan acknowledged India's role in helping Karachi revive its image and shot off letters to all Test-playing nations showcasing the successful hosting of a Test match and two ODIs against England and India in the port city.

"India really backed us by agreeing to play a Test and England also relented to a one-dayer. I've now written to all the boards that given the successful hosting of these matches they should also agree to play Tests and one-dayers in Karachi on future tours without any security concerns," the PCB chief said adding that he had attached the comments of the match referees, team officials and the chairman of the Indian board, Sharad Pawar praising the smooth conduct of the matches in Karachi.

"Apart from the results we achieved against England and India for me the most satisfying aspect of these two series has been the smooth organisation of all the games and the fact that both tours went off without any incident," Shaharyar Khan told reporters in the Sindh capital.

"For us getting England and India to play matches in Karachi was a big test but we were adamant and it's really satisfying to know that the crowds in Karachi were disciplined, well behaved and appreciated good cricket and the teams returned home satisfied with the arrangements made for their stay in the city," he said.

Since the September 11, 2001 incidents in the United States and following a string of violence in Karachi the PCB has faced numerous problems convincing teams to play in this cosmopolitan city.

In 2002, the West Indies and Australia flatly refused to tour Pakistan at all and preferred to play their series at neutral venues while in the last three years New Zealand, South Africa and England have either refused to play at all or avoid Test matches in Karachi because of security and safety concerns for their players.

India also, on their last tour in 2003-04, refused to play a Test in Karachi but agreed to an ODI.

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 15:33 IST