Bengaluru, October 16: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is considering an invitation to tour Pakistan in the early stages of 2021. England have not travelled to Pakistan since 2005 but have been offered the chance to play white-ball games – reportedly three Twenty20 fixtures – in January.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) agreed to play fixtures on English soil earlier this year amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the two nations facing each other in a three-Test series followed by a trio of T20 contests while staying in bio-secure bubbles. England’s schedule for the coming months is still unclear due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, with tours to Sri Lanka and India yet to be confirmed.
Security concerns following the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore put a stop to teams visiting Pakistan, though international cricket has slowly begun to return to the country. “We welcome the fact that international cricket is returning to Pakistan and are committed to doing what we can to help this develop further,” a statement from the ECB read.