"Pakistan is a safe place for cricket and sports should not be affected in the name of security protocols," said Bangladesh Women Cricket Team Coach Javed Omar Balim.
The coach made these remarks while visiting the Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) here on Sunday along with his team. Balim said their families were worried about visiting Pakistan but they have seen tremendous security arrangements here. Bangladeshi men national cricket team will be visiting Pakistan in January, he added.
Bangladeshi Women Cricket Team Captain Rumana Ahmed said they received lots of love in Lahore and they have enjoyed playing good cricket here. She said the security arrangements were of international standards.
Speaking on the occasion, Pakistani captain Bisma Maroof said the best security arrangements have brought cricket back to Pakistan and "we are grateful to all security agencies for such support". Other women cricketers said the presence of a large number of women police communication officers in the PSCA workforce and their expertise are commendable.
PSCA Managing Director Malik Ali Amir told the media reporters that the security agencies are working as a team and "we welcome more countries to come and play in Pakistani grounds".
Both the teams were received and briefed by Malik Ali Amir, PSCA COO Akbar Nasir Khan and CAO Muhammad Kamran Khan. DIG operations Lahore Ashfaq Ahmed Khan, SSP operation Lahore Muhammad Naveed and PCB representative were also present. The teams were also taken to various sections of IC3 where they addressed the police communications officers.