Pakistan reveal insurance package to encourage internatonal players to compete in country

Last updated: 23rd January 2013  

Pakistan reveal insurance package to encourage internatonal players to compete in country

Zaka Ashraf: New incentive to help international cricket return to Pakistan

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Pakistan will attempt to assuage visiting players' safety concerns by offering them insurance worth around £1.25m each to encourage them to participate in international matches in the country.

'Home' matches involving Pakistan have been played at neutral venues including Dubai and Abu Dhabi since 2009, when the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked in Lahore.

Six Pakistani policemen and a driver were killed and five players were wounded, leading to a suspension of international matches in the country.

But cricket authorities are keen for cricket to return, with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf confirming the insurance package.

"We are taking all steps to revive international cricket here and everyone should feel proud about the efforts we have made in this regard," he said.

"(People) are afraid that they would be subjected to a shoot-out as soon as they come out of the airport.

"There is lot of effort required to change this perception because things are definitely not so bad here."

The proposal comes just a day after the Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA) urged its members not to take part in Pakistan's Twenty20 Super League due to safety concerns.

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