Cricket could return to Pakistan within a year: Official

Updated: 17 December 2009 07:47 IST

International cricket could return to Pakistan within a year due to improved security conditions in the country, a national team official said on Thursday.

Cricket could return to Pakistan within a year: Official

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International cricket could return to Pakistan within a year due to improved security conditions in the country, a national team official said on Thursday.

Pakistan team manager Abdul Raqeeb, speaking after the side's arrival for a Test series against Australia, was hopeful his own team could host an international side soon.

"Things are improving in the country and hopefully, most probably within in the next year or so the teams will start coming to Pakistan," Raqeeb said without elaborating on how the situation had changed.

"But at least the cricket is on ... that's the main thing, domestic cricket we are playing and that's a good thing.

"Whether we are playing at home or abroad, at least we are playing cricket."

The ban was put in place following last March's terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus and security detail, in which gunmen wounded several players and killed six policemen and a driver.

The International Cricket Council responded by moving the Champions Trophy from Pakistan to South Africa, and stripping Pakistan of its role as one of the four co-hosts of the 2011 World Cup.

The World Cup will now be jointly organized by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, with Pakistan playing all its group matches in Sri Lanka.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has since held its designated home series against Australia, New Zealand and West Indies in the United Arab Emirates.

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