In what can be deemed as a boost of foreign cricketers’ confidence to visit Pakistan, former Australian captain Ian Chappell has said that he feels safer in Pakistan than in England.
Pakistan: Chappell, who is currently in Islamabad as an expert on the 8th ICC Champion’s Trophy 2017 being held in England and Wales, expressed these remarks while speaking in a special transmission of the state-run channel (PTV).
“We have only been here for a few days… we are probably safer in Islamabad than we are in England at the moment,” Radio Pak quoted the right-handed batsman as saying.
“That is the question I would ask the cricket administrators… You are not coming to Pakistan because of dangers and so on but now what are you going to do with England with all these things,” he said, underlining the need for cricket administrators to draw a fair balance for playing the game.
Pakistan beats South Africa by 19 runs under D/L Method
Green team had managed 119/3 in 27 overs before rain washed out play and forced a result under the Duckworth-Lewis method. Pakistan had needed 101 runs at that stage to take them over the finishing line as winners.
Debutant Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were the top scorers for the Pakistan side, each contributing 31 runs apart Mohammad Hafeez scored 26 off 53 balls to finish the match.
Just three days after giving 319 for three against arch-rivals India in a crushing 124-run opening defeat by the title-holders at Edgbaston, Pakistan were a transformed side on their return to the Birmingham ground.
Their spinners did the initial damage as South Africa slumped to 61 for three before paceman Hasan, striking twice in two balls, followed up on his way to figures of three for 24 in eight overs.
South Africa were indebted to David Miller’s 75 not out after their top-order collapsed.