“This is an ice-breaking event. We hope that by this time next year there will be a full-fledged tour by at least one (full) member country," said Dave Richardson. © Getty Images

“This is an ice-breaking event. We hope that by this time next year there will be a full-fledged tour by at least one (full) member country,” said Dave Richardson. © Getty Images

Along with celebrating the return of top-flight cricket to Pakistan, Dave Richardson, the International Cricket Council chief executive, promised financial investment on the part of the governing body of the game towards developing improving security in the terror-hit country. He also hoped that by the same time next year, at least one full-member nation would travel to the strife-torn country for a proper international exchange.

“This is an ice-breaking event. We hope that by this time next year there will be a full-fledged tour by at least one (full) member country,” said Richardson.

When asked why there were no Indians in the World XI side currently visiting Pakistan, Richardson was diplomatic: “You can’t ignore the situation that exists between India and Pakistan at a political level and the difficulties that might exist first of all from the cricketing point of view – India is just about to play Australia; this tour was sandwiched in the middle of a very busy FTP. India don’t have the time – they are a busy country.”

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