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Misbah for Tests in Pakistan

Johannesburg: Pakistan should be allowed to stage international cricket again, captain Misbah-ul Haq said on Monday as his team prepared to face top-ranked South Africa in a three-Test series.

No Test series has been staged in Pakistan since armed militants attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan team in Lahore four years ago, killing eight locals and wounding six visiting players.

“Pakistan is such a big cricketing nation and the world has to think about bringing international cricket back to the country,” the 38-year-old right-hand batsman said. “A Twenty20 tournament in Pakistan saw full stadiums for every game and there were no security concerns. The people of Pakistan should have international cricket,” he told a media conference.

Team manager Naveed Akram Cheema backed the views of Misbah, stressing that the security situation in the country was much safer than the outside world realised.