The CEO of PCB Wasim Khan has revealed that Pakistan Cricket Board has invited the English team in January to compete in a 3-match T20 series. England have not played in Pakistan since the 2005-06 season when the team toured for a Test and one-day series.
“Yes, we’ve now sent a politician invitation to the ECB inviting them to send their team and have also created a window between 13 and 20 January to play the three T20 series,” Khan told a Pakistani channel.
Khan made it clear that the short tour was not related to Pakistan touring England this summer for a Test series despite the COVID-19 threat. Khan also spoke that their tour of England was quite uncomfortable as they dint want to take any health risks for the players amidst the Covid-19.
“It wasn’t easy for us when some 10 players tested positive before leaving for the tour,” he recalled. “But we sent the team because we felt that it had been imperative to resume cricket activities and therefore the resumption of world cricket trusted how well the bio-secure bubble worked in the series.”
Khan said it’s up to the Britain Cricket Board to assess things and take a turn the invitation. “We never discussed a return tour at that point but now we’ve invited the ECB to send their team and now it’s up to them to assess the security, COVID-19 situations before reaching a decision,” he said.
“We are very confident they’re going to come and if that happens it’ll be great for Pakistan cricket because it will open the doors for other top teams like Australia and New Zealand to also come to Pakistan.”
Pakistan has already invited Cricket South Africa in January-February next year to play two Tests and a three-T20 series. According to Khan, it is a high time for the top teams to tour Pakistan now as Zimbabwe will be touring Pakistan in November for a white ball series.
Since 2009 no team has played test cricket in Pakistan as the Sri Lankan players were attacked during that period by terrorists in their team bus. But in the last two years, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have played Test matches and white-ball cricket in the country. The entire Pakistan Super League’s fifth edition was also held here early this year for the primary time since its launch in 2016.