Pakistan capable of hosting big ICC tournaments:PCB CEO

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Pakistan Cricket Board has declared that Pakistan is ready to host big International Cricket Tournaments and it will pitch for hosting such events with ICC.

This was said by PCB chief executive Wasim Khan.

The PCB staged the Pakistan Super League in its entirety at home in March, as well as Tests and limited-overs series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh over the course of the last few months.

The successful hosting of these series was a major boost to the PCB’s hopes of proving to the world that Pakistan was a safe destination for cricket – international cricket was boycotted in the country for most of the last decade, following an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

Political tensions historically have meant India and Pakistan haven’t played a bilateral series since 2012/13, when Pakistan toured India for a limited-overs series.

“I don’t think hosting international cricket is now such a big issue for Pakistan as the security situation has improved,” Khan told ESPNcricinfo’s Stump Mic Podcast.

“The fact that we have logistically hosted the entire Pakistan Super League in Pakistan, and also teams like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for Test matches, besides other smaller events and series shows we are capable of hosting a big ICC event.

“There appears to be little chance of India and Pakistan playing, and we have already suffered losses in millions of dollars.”