SIALKOT - The international cricket team of Greece has announced to continue its week-long visit to Pakistan, despite being disowned by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), besides announcing to play its five scheduled friendly T20 cricket matches with regional cricket teams in different cities of Pakistan.

On the invitation of Sialkot Cricket Association (SCA), the international cricket team of Greece had arrived at Sialkot here on Wednesday on a week-long tour to play five international T20 cricket matches with Pakistan's regional cricket teams.

In Sialkot, the visiting Greek team was getting complete protocol and security being provided by the association. The national cricket team of Greece Thursday held practice session at Jinnah Stadium Sialkot here for playing its scheduled friendly T20 cricket match there at this stadium with Sialkot region's cricket team. President of Greece's Hellenic Cricket Federation (GHCF) Joseph Nikitas and President SCA Imran Toni jointly supervised this practice session.

The SCA chief told the newsmen that the Greek team would play its first friendly T20 at Jinnah Stadium Sialkot on October 11, 2015 with Sialkot regional cricket team, as all the arrangements have been completed to hold this international T20. Any international cricket match will be played at Sialkot after a gap of 20 years. He revealed that the Greek team has opened the doors of international cricket in Sialkot, Pakistan.

Greek team would also play four other friendly T20s with Pakistan's regional cricket teams at Gujranwala (on Oct 12), Gujrat (on Oct 13), Mirpur-AJK (on Oct 14) and Sargodha (on Oct 15, 2015).

Talking to the media, the GHCF president said that the Greek team was happy to reach here in Sialkot, as there was no security problem in Pakistan. “The GHCF will also hold ‘Hellenic T20 Cricket Premier League’ in Pakistan in February 2016.”

The PCB has already denied any kind of support to a cricket team from Greece, which has arrived in Sialkot to play some friendly matches. According to the PCB spokesman, although the Greek cricket authorities have contacted the PCB for the tour, yet the board has advised them to wait for a clearance but the visitors without waiting for it flew to Sialkot, Pakistan. A PCB press release already revealed: "This is an unofficial and private tour and the PCB is no way involved with it".

The PCB’s support was sought for the tour, but with the relevant government clearances promised by the team not forthcoming, the board declined to support the tour. This was informed to the Greece cricket authorities well in advance of the team embarking on its journey to Pakistan.

The PCB, therefore, has already denied to take any responsibility of any arrangements, including security, accommodation, transportation, availability of venues, opposition teams etc., with regard to this unofficial tour, in this regard.