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'Pak should invite low ranked teams rather than Test nations to play international cricket'

Karachi , Fri, 20 Apr 2012 ANI

Karachi, Apr 20(ANI): Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan has said the country should invite lower-ranked teams for playing cricket series rather than urging Test nations to tour the country.

"It is very unfortunate that the postponement came after the confirmation. Our cricket fraternity was delighted by the news of the tour," The Express Tribune quoted Shaharyar, as saying.

"There must be some political influence behind the decision but whatever it is, it is a huge setback for Pakistan because the deadlock would've been broken by this tour and bringing in teams like Sri Lanka was next in the PCB's plans," he added.

He also advised the PCB to focus on the lower-ranked teams now.

"We should start from the lower-ranked teams. The PCB must focus on inviting associate members or other club-level teams to play with our second string sides. It should host such teams on regular basis and by doing that repeatedly, with success, a soft impression will definitely be created which will start attracting top teams," he said.

He also warned that the proposed Pakistan Premier League (PPL) will not serve the purpose the board wants it to and will have no impact on reviving the international cricket in the country.

"It may be a cricket treat for our fans but it will have no impact on bringing international teams here. At the moment, no current top player will tour Pakistan even for a huge amount," he said

"The PCB will only succeed in roping players who have passed their prime or are retired cricketers and their participation will not make any difference to what the PCB actually wants to achieve," he added. (ANI)

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