Misbah describes Zimbabwe tour as a ‘big joy’


Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has described the news that Zimbabwe will tour his country for a limited overs series as a 'big joy' and feels it is important for Pakistan to have international cricket at home again.

The Asian country has not hosted any international cricket since 2009 when gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team bus and left a host of players injured while security personnel and civilians were killed.

Pakistan have been forced to play their home matches in Dubai and the UAE as teams have refused to go into their country due to the security situation.

Zimbabwe however have to agreed to tour the Asian nation for ten days in May for two T20 Internationals and three ODI's and Misbah says it is a step in the right direction.

Misbah told ESPNcricinfo: "At least something is happening for which people and players had been waiting for. It's a big joy for all of Pakistan cricket fans, players and for the PCB officials.

"Without international cricket in the country, the audience loses the interest because there is no competition going on. Certainly it also hurts the infrastructure, your grounds are not there up to that standards.

"Eventually it is disturbing for Pakistan cricket and especially for Pakistan Cricket Board who just can't carry on like that."