Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Saturday said that a security team of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) visited Lahore and declared the arrangements in Pakistan as “satisfactory”. The team visited match venues in Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Islamabad during their visits in recent days.
The four-member ECB team comprising Richard Snowball, Robert Lynch, John Carr and Reg Dickson arrived in the country on July 17 and also met with the security officials to review and assess the security preparations made for the England team’s tour to Pakistan later this year.
The English team is scheduled to play seven T20s and two Test matches in September and December respectively.
The delegation will now give its report to the ECB.
Adelaide Oval’s chief curator Damien Hough inspected the National Stadium Karachi outfield and square today (Friday) and interacted with the curator and ground staff as part of his tour of Pakistan. Karachi is the third venue that Hough has visited after his visits to Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore and the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.
Hough would be spending the weekend in Karachi. Besides the NSK square and outfield, Hough will also take a close look and provide his recommendation and feedback on the two Hanif Mohammad High-Performance Centre grounds that are located inside the NSK perimeter.
Like Lahore and Rawalpindi, Hough will also deliver lectures on pitch and outfield preparation for all formats of the game. In addition to the NSK and the high-performance centre ground staff and curator, the lectures will be attended by Sindh Cricket Association coaches as part of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s plan of improving the knowledge and skillset of its coaches at different tiers across the country.
Hough meanwhile has praised the passion and commitment of the ground staff in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi and has stressed the importance of his visit which for him is all about collaboration, learning and sharing of ideas.