Students from Britain to play cricket in Pakistan

Pakistan might still be a no-go zone for staging international cricket, but a team from Britain began a week-long tour with a match against a local college team on Tuesday.

Updated: April 03, 2012 13:25 IST
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Islamabad: Pakistan might still be a no-go zone for staging international cricket, but a team from Britain began a week-long tour with a match against a local college team on Tuesday.

The visiting team comprises university students and players from the Marleybone Cricket Club. Captain Kamal Khan says "Pakistan really needs cricket ... it's almost like taking the oxygen out of the country when you don't have international cricket."

There has been no top-level international cricket played in Pakistan since a terrorist attack on Sri Lanka's team bus and security convoy in 2009. Bangladesh is in talks about a tour this month, which would end that isolation.

The team from Britain will play one-day matches against Pakistan's under-19 team in Lahore on Wednesday and Friday.

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