Sethi takes credit for Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan

Former PCB chairman revealed that he first brought Sri Lankan team to Pakistan

Sethi takes credit for Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan PHOTO: AFP

The former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi has said that he was the one who initially invited the Sri Lankan cricket team to tour of Pakistan.

While talking to media in Lahore, Sethi said that Sri Lanka’s support was essential inorder to ensure that international cricket returns to Pakistan.

“I was the first who asked Sri Lankan team to tour Pakistan. I met with their officials and asked them to play one match because their support was necessary for revival of international cricket in Pakistan,” said Sethi.

He also reiterated his stance that international cricket will return to Pakistan regularly, especially after the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches that take place in the country.

“We were thinking along the lines of bringing international cricket back to Pakistan through PSL. Hopefully the next edition of PSL will successfully culminate in Pakistan,” he said. “I’m confident that every team will visit Pakistan in the next couple of years.”

Sethi also criticised PCB’s decision to appoint former captain Misbahul Haq as the team’s head coach-cum-chief selector.

“The issue of giving more than one post to Misbahul has become controversial but it was not my policy to give two posts to the same person,” he said. “My experience with Pakistani coaches was not good so I preferred to appoint foreign coaches except one. Foreign coaches gave better results and hopefully the current officials will review their decision and try to rectify this mistake.”