European Central Bank plans for return of fans next summer

Tanya Simon
November 20, 2020

In a further boost to Pakistan cricket, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday confirmed that England will make their first trip to the Asian country in 16 years for a two-match T20 global series next October.

Pakistan toured England this year and invited them to visit early next year, but those plans fell through amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I know I haven't got that long left in global cricket", Moeen said from the team hotel in Cape Town on England's first full day in South Africa. "I think it's right we go back after such a long time for the game itself and for Pakistan and cricket in the country".

He said that we are ready to host South Africa in January-February 2021 as part of the Future Tour Program.

The remainder of the 2021 campaign is also taking shape, with England having confirmed a brief landmark trip to Pakistan in October, ending a 16-year absence due to longstanding security concerns.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani on Wednesday congratulated all participants, officials, local administration and security agencies on the successful completion of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 on Tuesday night under the National Stadium floodlights.

Earlier on Wednesday when the tour was announced, European Central Bank chief executive officer Tom Harrison said, 'It's a significant moment for both nations'.

'The enhanced progress made over the last two years has been down to nurturing relationships with various cricket boards and global players, as well as building trust and confidence.

However, with England due to play Sri Lanka and India around the same time, a second squad would be required.

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Pakistan had been starved of worldwide cricket since the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, with the nation subsequently playing their home games principally in the United Arab Emirates.

Wasim further said the ECB's confirmation further endorses Pakistan as "safe and secure".

Uncertainty around the staging of the World Test Championship Final, and England's potential qualification, means further games could yet be added, including additional fixtures against Sri Lanka before the first listed global on June 29. While he captained England in the final match of the T20 series against the same opposition, his place as an all-rounder in England's strongest side might have been pinched by Sam Curran, who had a fine IPL.

"It will go a long way in helping players as well as for the game".

India lost 4-1 when they toured England in 2018.

"The full-strength England squad will arrive at the backend of our home series against New Zealand".

"England will arrive in Karachi on October 12 and both teams will depart for India on October 16 for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup at the end of the series", European Central Bank said in a statement.

"The teams that came over - West Indies and Pakistan -- were awesome to have gone through the whole bubble after the coronavirus and all the news that cricket was on the edge".

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