PCB mull inviting Commonwealth XI to revive int’l cricket

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) authorities are making attempts to invite a Commonwealth XI side this year in a bid to revive international cricket in the country.

Najam Sethi, who headed the successful conduct of inaugural Pakistan Super League, said that the PCB was trying to get a Commonwealth side to tour Pakistan.

“We are in touch with Giles Clarke, President of the England and Wales Cricket Board, because we feel if we can have the Commonwealth side play in Pakistan than we can also have some matches of the second edition of PSL in Pakistan as well,” Sethi said.

Sethi said that they had been in talks with Clarke and other officials as well to get cricketers from Commonwealth countries to come to Pakistan as a team and play a few matches this year, Cricket Country reported.

“If that happens it will break the ice for us and we can also have few matches of the PSL in Pakistan next edition,” Sethi said. Sethi said the fact that some of the matches in the PSL had drawn capacity crowds and that tickets for the final on Tuesday were already sold out, showed the league had been a success.

Sethi said that more than anything else the PSL had brought Pakistan cricket and its talent to the fore in a big way.

“The PSL has generated so much interest not only in Pakistan but in other countries as well. It has been a big boost for us,” he added.