Pakistan expressed disappointment on Wednesday after Ireland cancelled a scheduled tour following a militant siege on Karachi airport that left 37 people dead, dashing hopes of reviving international cricket following a five-year hiatus. A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesperson said arrangements for a three-match series with associate team Ireland were close to being finalised.
Ireland team was due to play three one-day matches in Lahore in the first week of September and a lot of effort had gone into convincing them. But all efforts have gone in vain again, as on Sunday night’s attacks on Karachi airport left 37 people, including 10 militants, dead.
Pakistan has been a “no go” location for international squads ever since terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March, 2009. The PCB had twice convinced Bangladesh to tour them in 2012 but the short, limited-over series failed to take off because of security fears.