LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf on Tuesday said that a Bangladesh delegation will visit Pakistan soon to inspect the security conditions of the country for the upcoming Pakistan-Bangladesh series in April.

Talking to the reporters here at Gaddafi Stadium after the prize distribution ceremony of Benazir Bhutto Women Tournament, Zaka said the Bangladesh government had allowed the national cricket team to visit Pakistan in April. “Bangladesh government is ready to send their team to Pakistan and in this regard, their foreign ministry will send a delegation to assess the security situation in Pakistan,” the PCB chief stated.

He further said that International Cricket Council (ICC) was also keen to revive cricket in the country and also hailed the BCB for visit. “The ICC has no reservation over Bangladesh tour to Pakistan which shows that they are keen to revive international cricket here and also hailed the decision of the BCB for sending team to Pakistan,” Zaka asserted.

The PCB chief said that the security situation in the country was back to normal and safe enough to host the international events. “All those things that you must have seen, they are over now that’s why we want to reorganise international cricket and want to bring it back to Pakistan,” he asserted. Talking about the event, Zaka said that the main purpose of holding this event was to pay tribute to Mohtaram Shaheed Benazir Bhutto who had great services for the country.

“This event will help us in hunting young talent from across the country and it will also show soft image of the country to the entire world. The event also helped us in proving that we are peaceful and loving nation and our women have equal rights in the field of sports,” he said.

“We are trying to promote women cricket across the country and it will raise the standard of women cricket. From now on, the Benazir cricket event will be held every year,” added Zaka. To a query, the PCB chairman replied: “Pakistan cricket team performed very well in the first Test and I hope the team will continue their superb performance and try their best to win the second Test. I wish them best of luck for the series.”

Meanwhile, ZTBL beat Punjab by 93 runs in the final of the event. ZTBL were awarded with Rs 100000 while runner-up Punjab got 50000. Nida Dar was declared player of the final match and also player of the tournament.