After the conclusion of the Marylebone Cricket Club’s week-long tour of Lahore, the club’s president and captain of tour-squad to Pakistan, Kumar Sangakkara strongly urged more international teams to consider touring Pakistan to ensure full revival of cricket in the country.
The MCC arrived in Lahore on February 13, to play a 50-over and three T20 matches.
Over the course of their stay, the visitors explored the city by playing golf, visiting the historic Lahore Fort and enjoying food in Lahore.
Sangakkara said: “We would love for teams to consider coming here so that international cricket can finally come back to Pakistan in full force.”
Speaking to PCB podcast, the batting great said: “It's been great to be back in Pakistan.
“It's been a long time since I came here and it has been even longer for the MCC. For us, it has been about coming here and playing cricket in support of Pakistan's journey of getting international cricket back.
“The message we will be taking back is about the warmth of the people, the welcome of the fabulous spectators who came to watch cricket, the passion the players and people have for it and our own experiences of playing here and traveling about in Lahore.
In the last three months, Sri Lanka have played two Tests – in Rawalpindi and Karachi – and Bangladesh have been here twice for a three-match T20I series and a Test in Rawalpindi. With the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League, commencing today, being hosted in Pakistan for the first time since the advent of the league, the MCC’s visit rubberstamps the country’s ability to host international cricket.
“It is important things are put into context, moves are made, minds meet and things are reconsidered because the message that we take back is that Pakistan is a great place to tour,” Sangakkara said.