England invited to Pakistan for 'short white-ball series' in 2021

Tanya Simon
October 16, 2020

England players pose for photographers after winning the T20 cricket series against South Africa at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, on February 16, 2020.

England have been invited to take part in a short, limited-overs tour of Pakistan in early 2021.

"As with any proposed tour that takes place at this time, the safety and welfare of our players and staff is paramount".

European Central Bank confirms that it has received an invitation from Pakistan and will consider on various aspects before reaching a final decision.

Fifty-over world champions England have not played in Pakistan since 2005/06.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that it was considering the request on Thursday evening.

Test teams have avoided playing in Pakistan since 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.

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Sources suggest that the series will likely to be played between January 13-20 of next year.

That prompted Pakistan great Wasim Akram to say in August: "You (England) boys owe Pakistan cricket, and the country, a lot, with the boys coming over here".

"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.

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.

England are scheduled to travel to India in January for a full Test and limited-overs tour.

England are due to tour Pakistan in 2022 under the future tours programme but this Twenty20 series would be seen as a goodwill gesture given Pakistan helped save English cricket from financial ruin by travelling to this country in the summer.

Australian coach Justin Langer spoke recently about his dislike of the idea of simultaneous tours, after it emerged that Australia's Test side could be visiting South Africa early next year as the same time as their T20 team tours New Zealand.

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