LAHORE - Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairmen and cricket legends lauded the efforts of Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf who worked hard to bring international cricket back to the country and his struggle paid off in form of Bangladesh tour to Pakistan.

Talking to TheNation, former PCB chairman Khalid Mehmood said that he was glad to know that Bangladesh agreed to send his team to tour Pakistan. “We heartly welcome Bangladesh team as they will be the first team to tour Pakistan since March 2009,” he said.

Appreciating the efforts made by PCB chief for bringing international cricket back to the country, he said: “Zaka’s sincere efforts are really commendable as he really strived hard for the revival of international cricket in the country.

Since 2009, no team toured Pakistan and the country suffered a lot in the field of this sports. Zaka strived hard to bring international cricket back to Pakistan and at last his efforts bore fruit,” he concluded.

Former chairman Ijaz Butt said that Bangladesh’s decision to tour Pakistan was a right one and they welcome them cordially here.

“PCB chief has worked hard in brining international cricket back to the country and his efforts in this regard are appreciable,” he stated.

Former cricket legend Zaheer Abbas while talking to TheNation said that it was not an easy task to revive international cricket in the country, but Ch Zaka was dedicated and committed to the job and succeeded in achieving his task which was laudable.

“Though Bangladesh team is coming to play only one day and one Twenty20 matches yet being a full member of ICC, there tour to Pakistan has great importance and we are thankful for taking initiative and breaking the ice by touring this cricket-mad country and it is a great moment for cricket loving nation who was deprived of watching the international matches at their home soil but now they will see the international cricket at their home grounds because of the efforts of PCB chief who really strived hard for the revival of international cricket in the country,” Zaheer concluded.

“It’s a major breakthrough and I am excited to see Bangladesh touring Pakistan. It is a much-needed development. Not only it will revive international cricket in the country but the people in the country will also be entertained,” said Boom Boom Afridi.