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KARACHI: Pakistan will offer visiting players insurance worth two million dollars each in a bid to overcome security fears and revive international cricket in the country, the chairman of the national cricket board (PCB) Zaka Ashraf said on Wednesday.

“We are taking all steps to revive international cricket here and everyone should feel proud about the efforts we have made in this regard,” Ashraf told Dawn newspaper.

The steps would include offering insurance and providing security for visiting teams, he said.

“(People) are afraid that they would be subjected to a shoot-out as soon as they come out of the airport,” Ashraf said.

“There is lot of effort required to change this perception because things are definitely not so bad here.”

International cricket has been suspended in Pakistan since 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.

Six Pakistani policemen and a driver were killed and five players were wounded.

No test team has toured Pakistan since and the International Cricket Council (ICC) moved 2011 World Cup matches away from the country because of security concerns.

When a World XI played two Twenty20 exhibitions in Pakistan last October, the country supplied 5,000 police and para-military personnel to provide security.

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January 23, 2013 5:38 pm
You are trying to make one right by making 2 wrongs, you cant even protect your own citizens when there is a peace, no one needs insurance they will fly to our country so don't ask cricket players to come ask rulers to bring peac
January 23, 2013 5:57 pm
There are lot of cricketers around the world who earn about that amount or may be more by just playing in IPL in one year! I guess 10 million USD may be a good number.
January 23, 2013 6:08 pm
what a joke, how down you will reach to bring international players and teams. do something for poor pakistani people whose lives are miserable because of terrorism
January 23, 2013 7:34 pm
Good luck PCB.
January 23, 2013 8:31 pm
Is this "EGO" speaking??? If the players still do not come.....why r they getting so desperate??
January 24, 2013 12:52 pm
Please do not use the tax payers hard earned money for the premium payment of this insurance.
Secular no more
January 24, 2013 10:30 am
I being an INDIAN really laugh at the statements made by Mr.Zaka where he compares PSL to IPL.But having said that...i must say he is a dedicated man...he is trying his best to get cricket back to Pakistan and not only PSL but the Sport in general....and you guys should appreciate his efforts...if no one works for this then No sport will ever come back to Pakistan.
January 25, 2013 12:37 pm
inshallah cricket will b back in PAKISTAN.he has adopted very good strategies.n i hope that our prayers will be fulfilled.hold ur faith in allmighty
January 25, 2013 1:43 am
they r desparate because this is their job to bring back international cricket to Pakistan and make it successful event. In contrast i this it would hurt ur ego if international players came to Pakistan and played here
January 25, 2013 5:10 am
How about offering $2M insurance policies for ordinary Pakistanis killed by mindless terror shootings and bombings?
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