Zaheer Abbas, the ICC president, has said that he will try and convince other member countries to resume tours to Pakistan and is hopeful Sri Lanka will also tour the country .

Pakistan did not host any international cricket between 2009 and 2015, after Sri Lanka’s team bus was attacked by terrorists in Lahore in March 2009. The country’s six-year isolation ended when Zimbabwe toured Pakistan in May for two Twenty20 internationals and three ODIs.

“The time will come when our neighbours will come. I am hoping especially that Sri Lanka should come,” Abbas said. “We’ve been very close to each other in every department. If a gesture comes from them I will be very happy.