Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 27 October 2020

Pakistan invite England for first tour of country in 15 years

Men in green were one of four teams to travel to England during the pandemic

England last toured Pakistan in 2005. AFP
England last toured Pakistan in 2005. AFP

England have been invited to play a limited-overs series in Pakistan next year, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said. If the series materialises, it will be the first time England have toured Pakistan since 2005.

Top-flight cricket has slowly started to return to Pakistan after a complete halt following the 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in the city of Lahore. International cricket returned to the country in 2015 when Zimbabwe played limited-overs matches, with the West Indies and Sri Lanka having toured the country as well.

"After discussions with the Pakistan Cricket Board, we can confirm the ECB has received an invitation in respect of a short white-ball tour to Pakistan for England men during the early part of 2021," the ECB said in a statement.

"We welcome the fact that international cricket is returning to Pakistan and are committed to doing what we can to help this develop further."

It added that factors like proposed protocols in relation to Covid-19 bio-secure bubbles, levels of security around the team, and the feasibility of undertaking a tour against the backdrop of an already busy schedule would be considered.

Pakistan were one of four teams to tour England during the pandemic, with the ECB saying it had avoided "financial oblivion" by delivering on its broadcast commitments during the home summer.

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