ISLAMABAD: Star all-rounder and T20 captain Shahid Afridi on Thursday urged other international teams to follow Zimbabwe’s lead and tour Pakistan.

He said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan should be praised for his efforts in ending the six-year drought of international cricket in the country.

“It is excellent that cricket is now back. This is a commendable effort by PCB and a massive thanks to Zimbabwe,” the T20 skipper said in an interview to a local TV channel.

Afridi hoped that bigger teams like Australia, South Africa and England will also tour Pakistan in near future. “Zimbabwe tour is just a start of a very good beginning,” he said, adding: “We will have to wait for other teams to tour Pakistan.”

Afridi said matches should be played in other cities as well. “Whole nation is dying to see international cricket in the country,” he said.

The T20 skipper was confident that his team would do well against Zimbabwe. “We can’t underestimate them. We have to avail every opportunity and every player has to perform in the matches,” he said… see more

source: dawn