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| No possibility of international cricket’s immediate return to Pakistan: ICC|
| Updated at: 1650 PST, Thursday, April 02, 2009|
DUBAI: High officials of the ICC said that the international cricket is not likely to be restored in Pakistan at the moment and Pakistan have to improve their security arrangements.
Talking with media in Wellington, ICC President David Morgan ruled out the possibility of international cricket's immediate return to Pakistan but insisted that the trouble-torn country should not be isolated.
In the wake of the March 3 attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, Morgan dismissed the possibility of any international assignments in Pakistan.
"The events in Lahore were absolutely dreadful for the people and cricketers of Pakistan. Quite clearly Pakistan is not a country where we can send cricket teams and officials in the immediate future," Morgan said.
"There needs to be a significant change there in the level of safety and security before we consider it," he added.
At the same time, Morgan urged all other countries to host Pakistan or play in neutral venue to ensure the strife-torn nation is not isolated in international cricket.
"But Pakistan is an extremely important member of the ICC. It has produced some of the world’s greatest cricketers and still has a very strong cricket team. The ICC policy is that Pakistan must not be isolated.
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said that he is hopeful that international cricket would be restored but we have to wait for this and focus on security related matters.