Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
CRICKET Ireland officials have arrived in Pakistan to discuss the possibility of future games between the teams, in the country.
Chief Executive Warren Deutrom and chairman Ross McCollum, along with officials from the England and Wales Cricket Board were met at Islamabad airport on Monday night by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s chief executive Wasim Khan and will attend today’s T20 international against Sri Lanka in Lahore.
The T20 series is the first time Pakistan have hosted a fellow Full Member nation since the gun attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 and Pakistan officials are keen to bring back international cricket on a regular basis.
Deutrom and McCollum will be briefed about the security situation in the country by the Interior Ministry and will also visit the British High Commission.
Since Ireland’s famous victory against Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup, the teams have played each other at the 2009 World T20 and in ODIs in Belfast and Dublin.
They will meet again at Malahide in July in two T20 internationals before Pakistan travel to England for a three-match Test series.