Abbas hopes Sri Lanka will tour Pakistan


The ICC president Zaheer Abbas is hoping that he can try and convince Sri Lanka, and other countries, to tour Pakistan in the near future.

In April this year Zimbabwe became the first Full Member country to tour Pakistan since 2009 when gunmen attacked a Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore that killed eight people and injured members of the visiting team.

Abbas said: "The time will come when our neighbours will come. I am hoping especially that Sri Lanka should come. We've been very close to each other in every department. If a gesture comes from them I will be very happy.

"Openly I can't but by talking and trying to convince the ICC members maybe. Obviously everybody is there to listen to you. If I am speaking to them as a cricketer they will.

"Zimbabwe coming is a good change but why is it that Pakistan is the only country where international cricket is not being played? Take an example of Sri Lanka – when they were going through a bad time we used to come and play here."

Pakistan has just completed a Test and ODI series in Sri Lanka and will now play two T20 matches.