New Delhi. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the list of eight men’s tournaments and the names of the organizers to be held from 2024 to 2031. 17 member countries had submitted their bids to host eight men’s white-ball ICC events to be held from 2024 to 2031. In this, Pakistan has also got the right to host an ICC event this time. Between 2024 and 2031, two ICC ODI World Cups, 4 T20 World Cups and 2 Champions Trophy are to be played. Out of these, Pakistan has got the right to host the Champions Trophy to be held in 2025.
Actually, this is a special occasion for Pakistan, because Pakistan has not hosted any ICC event since the 1996 World Cup final. Security concerns have severely limited the amount of international cricket played in Pakistan for over a decade. The country originally hosted the Champions Trophy in 2008, but it was shifted to South Africa. Then after the 2009 attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, Pakistan did not get to host any ICC event.
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Pakistan had jointly hosted the 2011 World Cup, but due to security reasons, the 2011 World Cup was played jointly only in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. After failing to host or co-host any world events in the 2015–2023 cycle, Pakistan has now got the right to host international cricket in the 2024–2031 cycle.
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja: “I am pleased no-end with the ICC’s decision to select Pakistan as a host nation for one of their elite tournaments.”
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 16, 2021
March 3, 2009 (Attack on Sri Lankan Bus Team)
Players and match officials were going in the Sri Lankan team bus before the third day of the Test match. At that time terrorists attacked near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Six Sri Lankan players were injured in this attack and the reserve umpire suffered serious injuries. Six security personnel and two civilians were killed in the firing. This Test match and the entire tour has been cancelled.
The teams refused to tour the country due to security reasons. Pakistan was forced to host its ‘home’ matches at neutral venues, mainly in the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah). England hosted two Tests between Pakistan and Australia in 2010.
Cricket returned to Pakistan in February 2013
The Afghanistan XI came to Pakistan to play three unofficial matches, including two ODIs and one T20, against the Pakistan A team in Lahore, Multan and Hyderabad. The host team won all three matches.
Kenya toured the country for five limited overs matches against Pakistan A. All matches were played in Lahore. The hosts won all five matches.
Zimbabwe became the first Test team to tour Pakistan since 2009. Two T20 and three ODI matches were held in Lahore. The Zimbabwe team was given state-guest-level security. Pakistan had won all the matches, but the last one-day match was washed out.
March 5, 2017
The final of Pakistan Super League was played in Lahore. The T20 tournament was usually being played in the United Arab Emirates, but the Pakistan Cricket Board was eager to prove its readiness to host international players. The match was staged successfully without any untoward incident. International players including Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy and Chris Jordan visited Pakistan.
South Africa played three official T20Is in Lahore under the leadership of Faf du Plessis. Pakistan won the series 2-1. Other big names to visit Pakistan during this period included George Bailey, David Miller, Hashim Amla, Samuel Badree and veteran Paul Collingwood.