The Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Greg Barclay, and ICC Chief Executive, Geoff Allardice, during a recent visit to Pakistan’s cricket headquarters in Lahore, expressed their admiration for the country’s excellent cricket facilities, as well as its future programs and developments in the sport.
Barclay, who was on his first tour of Pakistan, highlighted the importance of understanding the unique circumstances of each member country in terms of size, scale, and economy.
He emphasized that Pakistan’s cricket facilities and programs are exceptional, especially now that international cricket has returned to the country and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has successfully hosted bilateral arrangements at home. Barclay believes this progress will elevate Pakistan cricket to new heights for both men’s and women’s teams, leading to positive commercial opportunities.
Barclay was particularly impressed with the men’s and women’s cricket development plans and programs presented to him during the visit. He expressed confidence in the potential for significant growth in female participation and international achievements in Pakistani cricket.
From the ICC’s perspective, understanding the role of the PCB in the global growth strategy of the sport is highly encouraging. Barclay concluded his visit with a strong sense of admiration for Pakistan’s cricketing endeavors.
Najam Sethi, Chairman of the PCB and an ICC Director said, “I want to thank Greg and Geoff for undertaking this tour to Lahore, which provided both the ICC and the PCB with an opportunity to exchange views and ideas on the globally cricket ecosystem.”
He further said, “the PCB looks forward to continuing our discussions and working closely with the ICC to put together global strategies and plans that are not only in the best interest of all its members but also achieve the common objective of growing and developing the game by attracting new audiences.”