LAHORE - Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Tim George has portrayed his desire to see the return of international cricket to Pakistan but did not give any timeframe when will the Kangaroos visit here to play a full series.

Talking to the journalists during a reception at a local hotel on Friday, Tim said: “I want to see the revival of international cricket in Pakistan but I am not sure when the Australian team would come here to play.” He said he was not in a position to say when the team will visit Pakistan, but he personally believes that the Australian team must visit Pakistan.

“Its Australian government which would be taking the decision on the Australian team’s visit to Pakistan but in my personal opinion, they should visit here,” he stated. He also praised PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf in his efforts for the revival of cricket in Pakistan. “I see very bright future of Pakistan cricket the way Zaka is endeavouring for the development of the game in the country. Under him Pakistan cricket would surely flourish and if he maintained the same zest, it’s sure the international cricket would revive in Pakistan,” he maintained.

Earlier, similar views were expressed by British High Commissioner in Pakistan Adam Thomson. He said that he wished to see England cricket team play Pakistan here. Thomson hoped that the England team would visit Pakistan soon.

“One day not far away it will happen,” he said. The High Commissioner said that it was wrong perception that Pakistan only faces political turmoil and terrorism adding that the country possesses a wonderful cultural and social heritage.

The attacks on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore suspended the international cricket to Pakistan where people are enthusiastic about cricket and the Pakistan team had to opt for away venues for its home series.

Pakistan was on the verge of hosting international cricket at the Gaddafi Stadium last month when Bangladesh agreed to play one Twenty20 and One-dayer at the end of this month. But the Bangladesh team’s scheduled tour of Pakistan later this month was postponed a week back after some natives and former players filed a writ petition in the court asserting that it was not safe for the team to tour Pakistan.

However, Pakistan did host the British Universities team comprising some MCC and British army players.

Chairman PCB Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf has expressed his gratitude on the statement made by Australian High Commissioner HE Timothy George.

Zaka Ashraf said: “On behalf of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and all the cricket fans in the country, I appreciate the statement made by his Excellency the High Commissioner of Australia. It reflects the feelings of our cricketing frenzy nation who desperately want to see international teams playing cricket in our local stadiums.”

“Coming from the representative of a great cricketing nation, these words will surely help in furthering Pakistan’s cause for the return of international cricket back in the country,” the PCB chief concluded.