LAHORE - Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Haroon Lorgat has said that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is working in right direction for the resumption of international cricket in country and its chairman is fully determined to see foreign teams visiting the country in near future.

Addressing a news conference here on Thursday at Gaddafi Stadium, Lorgat said: “I think holding of Pakistan Premier League (PPL) is a step forward in this direction and when foreign players will be visiting Pakistan for participation in the event, it will not only present a soft image of the country to entire world but also help in motivating foreign teams to visit Pakistan.”

PCB chairman Zaka Asrhaf, DG Javed Miandad, COO Subhan Ahmad and Director Academies Intikhab Alam were also present on the occasion.

Lorgat, who held meetings with the PCB chief regarding holding of the PPL at the board’s headquarters, said that Pakistan’s bad day in cricket were finally over and international cricket would return here after launching this league.

“Pakistan cricket suffered a lot in previous years due to various reasons and I believe Pakistan cricket bad days are now over and good days will be coming soon with the return of international cricket.”

Lauding the PCB chief’s role and endeavours for bringing international cricket back to the country, Lorgat said: “Though the PCB is determined to revive international cricket in Pakistan and working on right direction with determination and dedication yet more efforts are required to restore the confidence of foreign players and teams for visiting Pakistan.”

To a query, the former ICC official said: “If PCB is willing to assign me any role for convincing foreign players to visit Pakistan, then surely I will think about it because I am fit for that role as I did so during the Sri Lankan Premier League.”

He said International Cricket Council (ICC) was also supporting Pakistan as far as the resumption of international cricket is concerned. “The ICC always supports its member boards and it is also giving due importance to Pakistan’s efforts for the resumption of international cricket by extending essential assistance and cooperation,” he stated.

He said the holding of the PPL would not only open the doors of international cricket to Pakistan but also would prove as a profit-making venture for the PCB. He said when the Twenty20 format was started by the ICC, not only the spectators but also the cricketers did not like this shortest version but now this format had gained immense popularity among the cricket playing nations and fans across the world.

He expressed the hope that the PCB would be able to get the participation of leading cricketers in PPL as the board was enjoying good relations with other cricket boards as well as foreign players.

PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf appreciated the expertise of Haroon Lorgat and said he was a big support to Pakistan cricket and its endeavour to stage PPL. “We look forward to get benefit from his experience as we are fully determined to hold the PPL and by doing so, we will be able to bring international cricket in our home grounds,” he concluded.