Former CEO of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Wasim Khan called it a delight and a privilege to welcome Australia to Pakistan and termed it a “huge occasion” for not only cricket fans in Pakistan but also around the globe.
Speaking to Geo News, Wasim Khan said that he “gets very excited about the tour like all other Pakistanis and cricket lovers as it is a huge occasion for the whole nation”.
He said that this will send out a “huge message” to the world.
He admitted there had been concerns about touring Pakistan from the players a few months ago, but they had all been put away by Pakistan’s security arrangements.
“Hockley thanked me for all the hard work that was done for nearly 18 months to finalise the details of the tour,” said Wasim.
Wasim said that it wasn’t just a single person’s work but a team effort as many people played their part to make this possible. “I have been in regular contact with Cricket Australia’s management and also players like Usman Khwaja,” he added.
Wasim Khan said that there are many people on both sides that have worked tirelessly over the months to make this tour a reality. “This tour also sends out a strong and positive message to the entire world.” And he is confident that when the Australian team returns home, they will leave with fond memories.
Last year, England and New Zealand cricketers didn’t play in Pakistan because of security concerns.
Wasim added that there is no reason left for both England and New Zealand to not tour Pakistan later this year.
“It feels so great that such positive news is coming out of Pakistan. The statements from Australians are very encouraging, which is a real proud moment for Pakistan.”
“I was personally very disappointed, in fact, everyone was, as all of us put so much effort to make that possible,” he said.
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