England Invited To Play Limited-overs Series In Pakistan

Cricket bat and ball on green grass of cricket pitch

Cricket bat and ball on green grass of cricket pitch

England men's cricket team has been invited to visit Pakistan for a "short white-ball tour" in 2021, England and Wales Cricket Board has revealed.

"We welcome the fact that worldwide cricket is returning to Pakistan and are committed to doing what we can to help this develop further", European Central Bank said in a release.

The proposed plan would see the Test team travel to Sri Lanka and a white-ball squad play in Pakistan, simultaneously.

For the proposed tour, European Central Bank have listed Covid-19 bio-secure bubbles, overall security in the country and an already busy schedule of the England cricket team as the primary challenges, but said no final decision has been taken yet.

We will be liaising with the PCB, as well as other partners over the coming weeks to work through the considerations, before a final decision will be taken in due course'.

Pakistan Cricket Board's Chief Executive Officer Wasim Khan on Thursday submitted details of the salaries, perks and privileges of the PCB officials during his in-camera appearance before the National Assembly Rules and Privileges Committee, which is headed by Rana Qasim Noon.

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Pakistan toured England in summer 2020, playing in three Test matches and three Twenty20s. And since 2005-06, when they last went there, those series have all been in the UAE - Pakistan's home away from home following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009. The player, who is approached for fixing, is understood to have not played worldwide cricket for Pakistan.

But Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, West Indies and Bangladesh have all since made the trip.

The worldwide game resumed in 2017 when Sri Lanka played a T20 before they came back two years later for the first Test in a decade. The biggest challenge in such a situation would be following the COVID-19 protocols.

Despite the uncertainty around the both the tours, there might be a possibility that England play two different teams for as many formats in as many countries.

But England had a dry run of sorts this summer, since their Test and white-ball teams inhabited different biosecure bubbles at Emirates Old Trafford and the Ageas Bowl. They are also due in India in January and February for Test and one-day cricket.

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