Sethi urges cricket fans to avoid political slogans during match, optimistic about NZ touring Pakistan

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Najam Sethi, has once again promised to cricket fans that he will try to convince New Zealand to play at least one match in Pakistan during their series later this year, NewsOne reported.

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New Zealand and Australia will play a series against Pakistan at a neutral venue, the UAE, later this year but Sethi is hopeful that some of the matches can take place on home soil.

“I will try my best to bring New Zealand and Australia this year to play in Pakistan,” said Sethi while talking exclusively with NewsOne.

Sethi said that he is confident that New Zealand cricket board will send their team to Pakistan, adding that his negotiations with both cricket boards are in process.

PCB chairman said that politics should not be involved in the cricket, adding that fans should avoid chanting political slogans during cricket matches.

“I think that political slogans during cricket matches is actually our immaturity. Likeness and dislike is spoiling the beautiful game of cricket,” he added.

Sethi further said that he has eliminated politics from national team, admitted that team was divided into groups when he took the seat of PCB chairmanship.

Sethi also reiterated that the Asia Cup will take place in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and as things stand there is no change in that decision.

It is pertinent to mention here that Australia is scheduled to play five ODIs and one T20I in October while New Zealand will tour for a full series of three tests, five ODIs and a T-20 in November this year.

A visit by a major Test-playing nation such as New Zealand and Australia would be hugely significant, in terms of both cricket as well as Pakistan’s wider security and the message it hopes to send about its crackdown on extremism and militancy.

In 2009 an attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore drove international cricket from the country entirely, and Pakistan is using United Arab Emirates as neutral venue.

But security has improved dramatically in recent years, and since 2015 Pakistan has hosted Zimbabwe, a World XI, Sri Lanka, the finals Pakistan Super League (PSL) for two years running and, most recently, the West Indies, for a short T20 series played in Karachi.

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