By Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: Upon the positive signals transmitted by the Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the Chief of the Lashings Club, David Folb, is equally thrilled and has expressed readiness to tour Pakistan to put an end to a 3-year long international cricket drought in Pakistan. However the chief of the club – studded with former international stars – feared that the time was running out for the PCB to make a formal move in this regard. “Invitation from the PCB will be very exciting for us. We will personally love to bring our team to Pakistan but due to our tight schedule, starting from April 24th, the PCB should initiate the formal process at the earliest”, said David Folb while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
After the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, the frequent rounds of talks between the PCB and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), starting late last year, were seen as a breath of fresh air but unfortunately at this moment in time the tour is in jeopardy which prompted the PCB Chairman, Zaka Ashraf, to try out for other options which includes an invitation to an international XI.
Earlier Pakistan’s former captain, Rashid Latif has also said that he could assemble a quality world eleven team to come and play in Pakistan if the PCB was willing to bear the expenses. Responding to the offer, the PCB Chairman said that he would be glad to support Latif in his efforts to transform the idea, of brining the World XI to Pakistan, into reality.
David Folb also recalled his interactions with Latif on the Pakistan’s tour however reiterated that the shorts must be called by the PCB to make it happen. “I have had discussions with Rashid Latif on Pakistan Cricket many a times, I know he is very keen on the revival of international cricket in Pakistan, but it’s for the PCB to make a final call in this regard”, said David Folb
“I have been to Pakistan more than once and have many friends there. I will never forget the wonderful hospitality I experienced”, concludes David Folb
Lashings – the UK based club – is amongst the famous clubs in the world. A lot of former and incumbent mega stars such as Sachin Tendulkar, Murli, Brian Lara, Wasim Akram, Sir Viv Richards, Chris Harris, Allan Donald, Shoaib Akhtar, Rashid Latif, Courtney Walsh and others have represented the club.
The writer is a sports journalist in Pakistan, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif