Misbah said Pakistan had risen to the challenge despite facing many difficulties. -Photo by AP

KARACHI: Pakistan's One-Day International captain Misbah-ul-Haq has urged the cricketing world to help revive international cricket in Pakistan.

“It is the responsibility of the cricket boards and their respective governments to come out with policies and ensure how teams can visit Pakistan in the future,” Misbah said while talking to Gulf News.

International cricket in Pakistan has been suspended since an attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore by militants in 2009 which left seven players injured. Since then, Pakistan has been forced to host its 'home series' on neutral venues such as Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.

“We are a big Test-playing country and it is not fair for us as well as for the other Test-playing countries and world cricket that we are not getting to stage international cricket,” said Misbah.

The 38-year old said that Pakistan's last four finish at the recently-concluded World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka showed that the team was doing well in difficult conditions and rising to the challenge despite not playing international cricket in front of the home fans.

“It is a big dilemma and it is time the cricketing world comes together to push for international cricket in Pakistan,” he added.

Misbah also commended the idea of hosting the Pakistan Premeir League and said that it was a very important step which would aid the development of the game.

“The PPL will help in developing the temperament and skills of players. It will also throw up some new talent. The exposure the players will get will help them acquire professionalism. It is very important for Pakistan to go for it,” Misbah said.

Misbah's plea comes a few days after Australian umpire Simon Taufel called for international cricket to return to Pakistan.

“We all would like cricket to be played in Pakistan sooner than later. It’s certainly a place I have fond memories of and of the people and cricket played there. I have officiated a lot in Pakistan,” Taufel said.

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October 12, 2012 9:42 am
Hosting a tournament with foreign players is no way related to Pakistan's cricketing ability. After a shooting incident on SL players, Pakistan needs something very special to invite players back. I don't know when things will start.
October 12, 2012 5:43 am
Why I say "NO"? The reason such type of of attack on innocent Malala is the reaction of wrong policy of our government. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Stop military operation and stop drone attacks on innocent tribal people. SAVE PAKISTANI AND SAVE PAKISTAN. PLS. PRAY FOR MALALA.
October 11, 2012 9:34 pm
Time for Misbah to retire from international cricket.
October 11, 2012 6:12 pm
What happened in 2009 with SL cricket team was a good reason for international cricket not to visit Pakistan. Has anything changed since that international cricket should return to Pakistan? I don't hink so. This is unfortunate for Pak cricketeres and cricket lovers but this is for a good reason. People living in Pakistan are not safe. So many kiiling in major Pak cities everyday. We dont have a strong case to urge world cricket to return untill we clean our mess.
Adnan Farid
October 12, 2012 7:35 am
dont you think there are slightly more pressing matters at hand misbah ? bad timing ... our 'heroes' need to take pakistan and its security situation seriously ..
October 12, 2012 6:38 am
Very true
Ashraf Bugti
October 12, 2012 10:28 pm
yes international cricket should come to Pakistan and it is the repsponsibility of the GOVT of PAK.
October 11, 2012 6:26 pm
Nobody is against playing cricket in Pakistan.Looking at the current security situation and past incidents who would want to risk their lives and play cricket in Pakistan. Instead of keep blaming cricket boards, Pakistan should try to improve security and cricket will follow.Don't forget when all other countries were withdrawing their Pakistan tours, only Sri Lanka visited and every body knows the nightmare they faced.
October 11, 2012 8:12 pm
Only wishful thinking considering a security situation in the country which is worst now than it was at the time of attack on SL team.
October 12, 2012 5:16 am
Not yet Misbah!!! I would also love to see cricket return to Pka but only after elimination of all fanatics,including Taliban, religous leaders, blashphemy law, etc.
October 12, 2012 5:12 am
Yea right. Only person who can say that who does not watch tv and read newspapers.
October 12, 2012 4:40 am
Pakistan went to play under horrid conditions in Sri Lanka in the mid 90s to save them from going extinct, had to transfer hotels mid way thru the night.
October 11, 2012 4:13 pm
International cricket did not stop in pakistan because their cricket tem was incompitent. Pakistan always had one of the best cricket teams. However it stopped because of the security concerns. And the sicurity situations in pakistan has changed a lot since 2009. Please let me know if its for better or for worse. I would love to hear from my pakistani broters and sisters.
October 11, 2012 4:08 pm
I don't think so. Please don't embarrass us any more by inviting international teams when we all know that our security & it's image is in shambles.
October 11, 2012 4:00 pm
Has Misbah lost his mind? Has no one learnt from what happened to the Sri Lankans?
October 11, 2012 3:58 pm
Misbah, this cannot happen while the leader of the LeT remains a free man. The LeT was also the one accused of attacking the Sri Lankan bus. The LeT showed barbarism in Mumbai that Pakistani officials and cricketers do not believe in. Yet, the officials have done nothing to reign in the LeT. Sadly, you cricketers do not speak out against them either. How could you? The environment is not safe for you to speak up against the LeT. And it is because of that environment, Misbah, that no cricketing team should visit Pakistan.
October 11, 2012 5:58 pm
Distant reality, look at the problems in all over Pak.
October 11, 2012 3:36 pm
First you give protection to your own people to live and speak freely then you invite foreign team to play in your country
October 11, 2012 6:47 pm
Why should any right thinking and civilized nation should visit Pakistan? Don't you know what happened to Sri Lankan team? No players and sportsmen of the world deserve to get shot, no matter the cause.
October 12, 2012 9:11 am
why do ppl talk without thinking... first the security issue needs to be dealt with.. then ppl like misbah can talk whether cricket should come back to pakistan ... ppl act like the sri-lankan attack was a minor thing... They are soooo wrong..
October 12, 2012 7:58 am
Are you out of your mind! Those mindless killers who attacked Sri Lankan team are roaming freely and killing on a whim! Law enforcement remains absent!
October 12, 2012 12:40 am
Time for the international cricket to return to Pakistan ? Seriously, they would be watching the fate of Malala and her tormentors closely, trying to second guess, what is going to happen to them. It is time to wipe out the tormentors - Taliban, only then someone in sane mind would think of it.
October 11, 2012 8:01 pm
After what happened to little Malala I totally see cricket returning to Pakistan. When you live in Pakistan, every thing looks normal and you fail to grasp how people around the world view that country from the outside. I'll give you a hint. It's not seen too differently from Syria or Somalia.
anil gupta
October 12, 2012 2:41 am
Still no, no country would send players in burning hot oven. Let the situation come in control then offcourse organise a champions trophy in Pakistan.
October 12, 2012 3:34 am
Dream on Mr. Captain.
October 11, 2012 11:30 pm
Its time for You and your useless partners leave Pakistan cricket first.
October 12, 2012 7:40 am
Misbah, they are killing 15 years old kids for wanting to go to schools, and you want foreigner to come here. Do you really want people's blood on your neck?
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