Pakistan tests and ODI skipper Misbah Ul Haq has said that due to unwillingness of International teams to come an play cricket in Pakistan, the team is losing ground on test rivals because Pakistan is unable to host matches. As a result, the number of test matches played by Pakistan team is very few as compared to other teams. Moreover, Pakistan plays its home series abroad on a neutral venue. The result is that the team is always having a disadvantage as test matches are not being played regularly by Pakistan due to these limitations. Pakistan has not played a test series since July last year. The team will play three tests against Proteas with the first test starting from February 01. Pakistan has not hosted a test playing team since armed militants attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009.
Due to security situation in the country, many international players and teams have shown reservations to play in Pakistan. Most recent of such incident is postponement of Bangladesh cricket team’s visit for security reasons which was due this month. Pakistan Cricket Board recently organized a successful T20 match between World Star XI and Pakistan Star XI to promote international cricket in the country. Misbah mentioned that event and the domestic T20 to be seen as evidence by ICC that Pakistan is a cricket friendly nation and the governing body should help bring international cricket in Pakistan. PCB is also ready to launch Pakistan Super League similar to IPL and BPL in which the inclusion of international players is also guaranteed. It is expected that a successful first edition of PSL would bring interational cricket to Pakistan.