The Pakistan cricket Board (PCB) is apparently working on a strategy to convince the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its member nations to send their junior and second-string national sides to Pakistan on regular basis.
The strategy is part of the PCB plan to take small steps at a time to get back proper international cricket to the country. No foreign team has toured Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in March, 2009 at Lahore, killing six Pakistani policemen and a van driver and wounding five of the visiting players.
Since then foreign teams have avoided touring Pakistan because of security concerns and the Afghanistan team became the first foreign side to tour Pakistan last week since that attack. "In June we are also going to host the Bangladesh under-19 team as part of our attempts to work towards reviving international cricket in Pakistan," a board official said.
The national selectors are due to meet next week to finalise the Pakistan junior team and the Pakistan A side for a six-nation T20 tournament in Malaysia in July.
"We see a glimmer of hope after the series against Afghanistan passed off without any incident and they were people keen to come to the ground to watch their matches," the board official said.
"For us it is a matter of taking small steps at a time to convince the cricket world that despite the security issues Pakistan is capable of hosting international teams safely," he added.
Sources said the PCB planned to convince other boards to send their junior and second-string teams to Pakistan on regular basis during the ICC executive board meeting scheduled in June in Hong Kong.
"The PCB officials will be meeting with other board officials on the sidelines of the board meeting to get them to send their junior and A teams to Pakistan. In this sense the visit by the Afghanistan team is a big plus point for us," one source said.