Ian Chappell Calls On Cricket Teams To Resume Pakistan Tour

They last toured Pakistan way back in the late 1990s and since then Australia has chosen to tour neutral venues instead of Pakistan. However, former Australian captain Ian Chappell believes that it’s time for cricketing nations to “bite the bullet” and resume tours to Pakistan.

While talking to Wide World of Sports, Chappell said that he was “pleasantly surprised” when he visited Islamabad a couple of years back and says it would be a major boost to the game in Pakistan if teams resumed touring.

His comments after a highly successful Pakistan Super League where Australia’s Shane Watson and England’s Alex Hales visited Karachi for the Pakistan leg will help a lot in bringing international cricket back to Pakistan.

It all started way back in early 2001 when there was a bomb attack near the hotel where the New Zealand Cricket team was staying in Karachi. After 9/11, many teams refused to visit Pakistan due to its proximity with Afghanistan which turned into a boycott after the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

When Chappell was asked about his opinion on Australia’s boycott of Pakistan, the legendary batsman said that the way the world is at the moment, you could stop touring pretty well everywhere.

“After what we’ve just seen in Christchurch, it could happen anywhere, although obviously, we hope it doesn’t.

“I think we’ve now moved beyond just having a conversation about playing in Pakistan, someone has to bite the bullet and just do it.” Chappell said.

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