Sports: Cricket: Ireland may tour Pakistan for cricket series
Karachi: Although Ireland has shown interest in touring Pakistan, but PCB will not be able to host the cricket minnows for next one year because of a busy schedule ahead.
“West Indies recently toured Pakistan that went well. The country also hosted Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in Lahore and Karachi. Ireland cricket team’s tour is quite possible,” Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive Cricket Ireland was quoted as saying by an Urdu daily.
However, Deutrom added that the decision to tour Pakistan will be taken after consultation with ICC security and Pakistan. Pakistan is in Britain and will also be playing a Test against Ireland from Friday in Dublin.
This is not the first time that Ireland has shown interest in touring Pakistan post 2009. Ireland nearly toured Pakistan around four years back for a three-day ODI series but the negotiation between the two boards were hampered due to a terrorist attack at Karachi’s airport.
However, PCB Chairman Najam Sethi has been quoted as saying by a section of media that Pakistan cricket team has a busy year ahead and hosting Ireland in near future was on cards. Pakistan cricket team doesn’t have a window available outside its FTP for a year.