International Test Cricket returned to Pakistan almost a decade after the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan team in 2009. All the international cricket boards had ended their scheduled tour to Pakistan with immediate effect after the attack.
In 2009, terrorists bombarded the bus carrying Sri Lankan players from Hotel to ground, aftermath of which severe questions were put on the security of players and team staff in Pakistan.
For almost a decade international teams refused to play in Pakistan. But, after a decade of the attack, PCB, finally, succeeded in hosting Sri Lanka on their home turf. They provided full security this time as cricket returned to the gullies of Pakistan.
On this occasion, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani gave a disputed statement raising questions over security in India. He said, “We have proved Pakistan is safe, if someone isn’t coming then they should prove that it’s unsafe. At this time, India is a far greater security risk than Pakistan,”
“No one should now doubt security arrangements in Pakistan after successful Sri Lanka Test series. This is a turning point for revival of Test cricket in Pakistan. Media and fans played an important role in portraying positive image of Pakistan worldwide,” during a press interaction in Rawalpindi.
This statement doesn’t go well with BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) treasurer Arun Dhumal as he took him to the cleaners. He said thats for a person, who himself stays out of the Pakistan, should first experience the hostility of the Pakistan without security forces. He will get to know the bitter truth of Pakistan.
Arun Dhumal quoted, “For a person who stays mostly in London, it is inappropriate for him to comment anything on India’s security. He is not even eligible to comment on Pakistan’s security. He hardly stays there. If he gets to spend more time in Pakistan, he would get to understand the real situation there,” in an interview with Hindustan Time.