The last few days have proven to be absolutely devastating for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in their tireless efforts to bring international cricket back in the country. Having been deprived of competitive cricket for so many years, things finally came back on track with the successful conduct of Pakistan Super League. The overseas players had started to feel comfortable while traveling to the Asian country and teams started to accept the proposal of playing bilateral series in Pakistan.
Unfortunately, things turned upside down for PCB in a matter of few days. Just a few minutes before the start of New Zealand's first match in Pakistan after a gap of 18 years, the BLACKAPS decided to pull out of the tour citing security concerns. And just before the board could recover from the setback, they were handed another major blow with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) cancelling their scheduled tour of Pakistan where both their men's and women's teams were supposed to play.
Dhammika Prasad comes in support of PCB
With PCB set to face so many financial issues and other problems as a result of this unfortunate sequence of events, many former cricketers have come out in their support. In a very nice gesture, former Sri Lankan cricketer expressed his sadness on the present situation.
The 38-year-old added that when Sri Lanka were in a crisis during the civil war, it was India and Pakistan who came to their rescue by traveling there and playing cricket. In a heartwarming gesture, Prasad offered that the retired Sri Lankan cricketers are ready to come to Pakistan and play exhibition matches to save them.
"Still I can remember when we had tough time during the war you guys @BCCI & @TheRealPCB came for us to save our @OfficialSLC so @TheRealPCB we retired players ready to come and play some exhibition matches in Pakistan soil," tweeted Prasad.
Former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who is often quite vocal with his opinions on social media, was delighted with Dhammika Prasad for his kind gesture. He replied, "Thank you for your kind words Dhammika, Pakistan has always gone out of its way to support cricket and other sporting teams from around the world, we are a big-hearted nation indeed!" It will be interesting to see how things unfold in the coming days.