PCB to buy bulletproof buses for foreign teams

PCB’s governing board on yesterday okayed the purchase of bulletproof buses as a part of efforts to convince international teams to tour Pakistan after a long suspension over security concerns.

Officials also say programs to develop a new high-security ground in Islamabad – with accommodation services for foreign teams – are well under way.

No foreign team has played in Pakistan since gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan squad’s bus in Lahore in 2009. 6 cops and a driver were killed. Several cricketers were hurt. Since then Pakistan has played all official home matches at neutral places, mainly held in Dubai or Abu Dubai.

Now authorities are hoping to develop on the success of the tournament involving an unofficial all-star team – including cricketers from South Africa and Sri Lanka – against an unofficial Pakistan all-star team in 2 Twenty20 games.

The PCB hopes to stage full internationals as early as next season.

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