KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited England for a three-match T20 worldwide collection in January subsequent yr, PCB CEO Wasim Khan has revealed.
England haven’t performed in Pakistan for the reason that 2005-06 season when the group toured for a Check and one-day collection.
“Sure, we’ve got now despatched an official invitation to the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) inviting them to ship their group and have additionally created a window between 13 and 20 January to play the three-T20 collection,” Khan informed a Pakistani channel.
Khan made it clear that the brief tour was not associated to the Pakistan touring England this summer time for a Check collection regardless of the Covid-19 menace.
“Once we took the choice of sending the group to England, we had been nervous due to the Covid-19 and bio-security bubble conditions and a few folks additionally voiced their issues that is perhaps placing our gamers at a well being threat,” Khan conceded.
“It wasn’t simple for us when some 10 gamers examined constructive previous to leaving for the tour,” he recalled.
“However we despatched the group as a result of we felt that it was crucial to renew cricket actions and the resumption of world cricket trusted how effectively the bio-secure bubble labored within the collection,” he added.
Khan stated it’s as much as the England cricket board to evaluate the scenario and take a name on the invitation.
“We by no means mentioned a return tour at the moment however now we’ve got invited the ECB to ship their group and now it’s as much as them to evaluate the safety, Covid-19 conditions earlier than reaching a choice,” he stated.
“We’re very assured they are going to come and if that occurs, it is going to be nice for Pakistan cricket as it would open the doorways for different prime groups like Australia and New Zealand to additionally come to Pakistan,” he added.
Pakistan has already invited Cricket South Africa to ship its group in January-February subsequent yr to play two Checks and a three-T20 collection.
Pakistan will probably be internet hosting Zimbabwe for a white-ball collection in Rawalpindi and Lahore in November, and Khan stated it was excessive time that prime groups got here to the nation.
Check groups have prevented enjoying in Pakistan since 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan group bus in Lahore. However within the final two years the ice has been damaged with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh coming final season to play Check matches and white-ball cricket as effectively.
The whole Pakistan Tremendous League’s fifth version was additionally held right here early this yr for the primary time since its launch in 2016.