Pakistan invitations England for three-match T20 collection in January 2021

By PTI

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board has invited England for a three-match T20 International collection in January subsequent yr, PCB CEO Wasim Khan has revealed.

England has not performed in Pakistan for the reason that 2005-06 season when the crew toured for a Test and one-day collection.

“Yes, we have now sent an official 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 instructed a Pakistani channel.

Khan made it clear that the quick tour was not associated to the Pakistan touring England this summer time for a Test collection regardless of the COVID-19 menace.

“When we took the decision of sending the team to England we were worried because of the COVID-19 and bio-security bubble situations and some people also voiced their concerns that might be putting our players into a health risk,” Khan conceded.

“It wasn’t easy for us when some 10 players tested positive prior to leaving for the tour,” he recalled.

“But we sent the team because we felt that it was imperative to resume cricket activities and the resumption of world cricket depended on how well the bio-secure bubble worked in the series,” he added.

Khan mentioned it’s as much as the England Cricket Board to evaluate the state of affairs and take a name on the invitation.

“We never discussed a return tour at that time but now we have invited the ECB to send their team and now it is up to them to assess the security, COVID-19 situations before reaching a decision,” he mentioned.

“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,” he added.

Pakistan has already invited Cricket South Africa to ship its crew in January-February subsequent yr to play two Tests and a three-T20 collection.

Pakistan will likely be internet hosting Zimbabwe for a white ball collection in Rawalpindi and Lahore in November and Khan mentioned it was excessive time that prime groups got here to the nation.

Test groups have averted enjoying in Pakistan since 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan crew bus in Lahore.

But within the final two years the ice has been damaged with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh coming final season to play Test matches and white-ball cricket as nicely.

The total Pakistan Super League’s fifth version was additionally held right here early this yr for the primary time since its launch in 2016.

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