Geoff Allardice, CEO of the International Cricket Council, believes the recent return of Test cricket to Pakistan was a huge success and believes future tours to the Asian country will prosper.
Test cricket triumphantly returned to Pakistan in 2022, with Australia and England having recently completed successful series in the subcontinent, and reigning World Test Champions New Zealand slated to tour later this month.
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Allardice watched England defeat Pakistan 3-0 while he was in Karachi, and the ICC president was impressed by how frequently local fans interacted with those who had traveled from abroad for what was England’s first Test series there since 2005.
“Pakistani supporters are enthusiastic about the game and their team, but most importantly, they are hospitable to visitors,” Allardice told Pakistan Cricket after the Test.
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“I’ve always had wonderful experiences when I’ve visited Pakistan, and I’ve seen a few series there in recent years, and the reception is always quite warm.”
Pakistan is one of the strongest cricketing countries: Geoff Allardice
Geoff Allardice recognizes the value of holding future tours in Pakistan and expects that other ICC members will schedule red-ball series there during the ensuing years.
“Pakistan is one of the strong cricketing nations in the ICC membership,” Allardice said.
“Having series like this taking place, with fans traveling to Pakistan and New Zealand commencing their Test series in a few days is a significant step forward to getting cricket back in Pakistan on a regular basis” Geoff Allardice remarked.
Pakistan’s chances of winning the World Test Championship next year were severely damaged by the series defeat; now, Babar Azam’s team must hope against hope to make it all the way to the championship game in June at The Oval.
On Boxing Day, Pakistan will play New Zealand in the first Test match; the series will end on January 3 in Multan.
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