LAHORE-Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Govt Officer (CEO) on Friday confirmed that the board invited England for 3 T20I in January 2021, simply earlier than the 2 Take a look at and three T20I sequence towards South Africa, 

The tour, which is topic to Covid-19 scenario in addition to safety clearance, will possible happen between January 13 and 20, Wasim stated right here. The dates and venues will solely be mentioned and confirmed after England Wales Cricket Board (ECB) provides their go-ahead to the tour. “I despatched an invite to the (ECB) early this week on Monday, following numerous discussions with their chief government Tom Harrison. 

“The ECB will now comply with their commonplace pre-tour protocols, together with evaluation of the Covid-19 scenario, participant availability and safety clearance earlier than informing us of their determination. However I’m inspired and really feel optimistic with the fillers and responses I’ve been receiving from London and I stay assured that Pakistan will have the ability to host England for a brief tour, which can set the stage for a full tour in 2022,” Wasim added. 

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The ECB endorsed Wasim’s feedback saying, “After discussions with the Pakistan Cricket Board, we can confirm the England and Wales Cricket has received an invitation in respect of a short white-ball tour to Pakistan during the early part of 2021.” On the finish of the drawn second Take a look at at Southampton in August, England Take a look at captain Joe Root had expressed his need tour Pakistan. “I’d like to go and go to Pakistan. It could be an awesome alternative to go and play there personally. You would see the emotion of everybody again in Pakistan when Take a look at cricket was there back-end of final 12 months. 

“Additionally, talking to a couple of the gamers, how a lot it meant to them as effectively and so they actually appreciated having the ability to play again in Pakistan too. We’ve such a busy schedule already with backlogging as a result of Covid, it is going to be attention-grabbing to see how that may work,” Root was quoted as saying.

Earlier this summer time, Wasim was severely criticized for his determination to ship the Pakistan squad to England for a scheduled FTP tour. Nevertheless, he had stood agency on his determination, repeatedly emphasizing that cricket and Covid wanted to co-exist for a interval time, and, subsequently, it was crucial that the PCB performed its half in getting cricket being performed once more globally. Pakistan misplaced the Take a look at sequence 1-0, a sequence they need to have received, and tied the T20Is 1-1, once more a end result that might have gone in the way in which of the inexperienced shirts.

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The PCB CEO stated: “That was completely the correct factor to do. We needed our cricketers to play cricket, present leisure to the home-restricted followers and present solidarity with the ECB. I had insisted then and reiterate once more that we had not set any pre-tour situations as our first precedence is at all times to get cricket again on. Throughout my time over in England in the summertime, I tentatively spoke a couple of short-white ball tour. Following additional discussions over the past couple of months, a proper invitation was despatched to the ECB on October 12. 

“I’m happy that though we’re but to cross the road, there’s a actual willingness to make this work, which might be nice information for international cricket in addition to for Pakistan cricket followers everywhere in the world,” Wasim asserted.