Misbah hopeful of return home
Misbah-ul-Haq hopes the decision to allow international cricket to resume in Pakistan means a full series will be played there soon.
No full-member international side has toured Pakistan since a terrorist attack on a Sri Lanka team bus in March 2009 that left six police officers and a driver dead and several players and officials injured.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have agreed a two-match itinerary - a one-day international and a twenty20 international - for late April, to be played at the Gadaffi stadium in Lahore.
The International Cricket Council have agreed to the decision, pending a localised risk assessment by the Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), to "determine whether officials and staff are appropriately protected by the proposed security plan".
If given the go-ahead, the proposed ODI will take place on April 29 with the T20 encounter to be played on April 30
And Misbah, who led his country to Asia Cup glory last month, is keen to play in front of home crowds once again, with the added hope of one day hosting a bi-lateral series against sub-continental rivals India.
He was quoted on PTI as saying: "One of the most difficult things for me or the rest of the Pakistan team players has been to play away from home all the time in the last three years.
"It was disappointing not to get a chance to play in front of our people and on our own grounds.
"Pakistan and India need to have regular bilateral cricket series because nowadays when we play after a long gap there is lot of tension associated with our matches and there is extra pressure on the players.
"If we play regularly against each other I think it will be better for people of both countries."
All-rounder Shahid Afridi also welcomed the news, adding that security of players and officials would be of utmost importance.
He said: "It is a much-needed development. Not only will it revive international cricket here, the people in the country will also be entertained.
"Obviously the incident in Lahore was unfortunate but Pakistan has learnt its lessons.
"I understand the security concerns are up on their minds but things have improved and everything will go well. I have always believed that cricket is a game which keeps a relationship cordial between two countries. All countries should support Pakistan in a time of difficulty."
The ICC had initially refused to send neutral umpires for the series owing to security issues, but at the conclusion of its executive meeting in Dubai today, chief executive Haroon Lorgat announced it was a proposal that was being reconsidered
Speaking at a press conference, Lorgat said: "It's not a decision that's been made yet, but it's a provision that the board agreed to. We've still got to asses the security plan, canvass our elite panel of umpires to see if we can get appointments."