The Pakistan cricket board has invited the men’s cricket team of England for a short white-ball tour in 2021. The information was revealed by England and Wales Cricket Board.
Later, PCB CEO Wasim Khan informed the country’s media that the board is looking forward to host England for a three match T20 International series.
The last time England played in Pakistan was during the 2006-06 season. On that tour, one test and an ODI series were played. The CEO further informed that the board has created a window between 13th and 20th January for the three games. Khan also clarified that the series is not aiming to be a retribution opportunity following the Pakistan tour of England amid the global pandemic.
Notably, 10 players from the Pakistani squad for the England tour tested positive for the coronavirus. Despite this, PCB sent a team announcing that it was imperative to resume cricket activities with the help of the bio-secure bubble.
As far as the invitation is concerned, the CEO of PCB has left the decision up to the England and Wales Cricket Board asking them to assess the situation and take the necessary call.
The ECB has said that they will be sorting things out with their Pakistani counterparts. The major obstacles right now are the bio-secure bubbles, the overall security of players in Pakistan, and the extremely busy schedule of the English cricket team. England also has a trip to Pakistan scheduled in 2022 under the Future Tours Programme (FTP).
The Pakistani board has already invited the South African cricket board next year during the January-February for a three-match T20 series and 2 tests. The country is also going to host Zimbabwe for a white-ball series in November. The venues for the matches are going to be Lahore and Rawalpindi.
Most international teams have been avoiding playing cricket in Pakistan following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan national team in 2009. Since then, the situation has somewhat improved. This is mostly because both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have told Pakistan for tests as well as white-ball cricket. Pakistan also has been conducting its Pakistan Super League since 2016.
“We are very confident they will come and if that happens it will be great for Pakistan cricket as it will open the doors for other top teams like Australia and New Zealand to also come to Pakistan,” said Wasim Khan.