Pakistan has formally submitted a bid in the International Cricket Council (ICC) to host the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf said on Thursday.

[caption id="attachment_613" align="alignright" width="283"]Pakistan has not hosted an international tournament for more than 10 years (Photo: AFP) Pakistan has not hosted an international tournament for more than 10 years (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

Talking to the media at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on his arrival from Dubai, Ashraf said the board is optimistic about getting the hosting rights of the ICC event.

To a question about Court of Arbitration of for Sport (CAS) verdicts against the appeals of Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, the PCB chairman said the board would think considering their future but first they have to complete the ICC punishments.

Ashraf, who was in Dubai for ICC meetings, said once the players have served their bans, the PCB would give them chance to play domestic cricket, and then according to their performances, the selectors will decide whether to include them in the national side.

Pakistan has not hosted an international tournament for more than 10 years now since 1996 World Cup.

PCB Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmed expressed his disappointment that Pakistan is deprived of hosting an international tournament for such a long time.

"By the 2018 World Cup, we will have gone 22 years without hosting a major tournament. This isn’t right,” he said, adding that the PCB decided to bid for the 2018 mega event as it has not been allocated to anyone.

The 2015 World Cup will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
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