Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited Nepal to participate in the Punjab Festival T20 Cricket Series to be held in April 11-20 this year.
Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) acting general secretary Uttam Karmacharya on Sunday confirmed to Republica that PCB has officially invited Nepal for the T20 Cricket Series to be held in Punjab of Pakistan.
Other Asian cricketing nations Afghanistan and UAE have also been invited for the event.
Karmacharya opined that the invitation from Pakistan was good opportunity for Nepali cricket. He however said that Nepal was yet to decide whether to send the team for the tournament or not.
Nepal is all set to participate in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier from July 6-26 in Ireland and Scotland. “The invitation of PCB will be beneficial for Nepal to prepare for the T20 Qualifiers,” Karmacharya shared adding that CAN was yet to discussed with PCB regarding the team´s participation.
He said that CAN will send Nepali team only after full assurance of security in Pakistan. “The decision over sending team will be taken only after board meeting expected to be held soon.” Meanwhile, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan was quoted by international news agencies as saying that it has been talking to national cricket team of Nepal and other countries like Netherlands and Namibia for Pakistan tour.
Pakistan has become a no-go zone for international cricket teams after a bus carrying Sri Lankan team was attacked by terrorists in March 2009. However, Kenyan visited Pakistan for five 50-over matches against Pakistan A in December last year to prepare for the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 held in Namibia in January 17-24.