Najam Sethi said he hopes international matches will be played in Pakistan again soon ©Getty Images

Bringing touring sides back to Pakistan is an aim of the country’s cricket governing body’s new chairman – but he urged for patience.

Najam Sethi took up the reins at the Pakistan Cricket Board this month, taking over from Shaharyar Khan.

The country’s national side have played the majority of their home fixtures, with the exception of a series against Zimbabwe in 2015, in the United Arab Emirates since 2009 after gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.

Next month, a World XI is due head to Pakistan for a tour as part of steps to determine if the security situation has improved sufficiently enough for other teams to tour the nation.

It comes after the final of the Pakistan Super League, a domestic Twenty20 competition, was played in the country earlier this year.

However, a series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka scheduled for September and October is still likely to be played in the UAE.

Sethi, who previously served as the PCB’s chairman between June 2013 and July 2014, has said he hopes international teams will come back to play in Pakistan soon, but admitted he cannot guarantee when that will be.

“We need to show patience because it is related to the security in the country,” Sethi said to local media.

Pakistan has been forced to play most of their home international matches in the UAE since 2009 ©Getty Images
Pakistan has been forced to play most of their home international matches in the UAE since 2009 ©Getty Images

“We hope to bring a World XI for a three-match Twenty20 series and the next two-to-three months will bring more good news.

“We have invited Sri Lanka to play a few matches (in Pakistan) after their series with us and I will try to get a reply on that invitation.”

The attack on the Sri Lanka team bus left six members of the squad injured while six police officers and two civilians were killed.

The team had been heading to the Gaddafi Stadium for the third day of a Test match with Pakistan.

Their captain Mahela Jayawardene was among the injured players.

Following the incident, the match was abandoned and declared a draw.