The England Cricket Board (ECB) allowing their players to tour Pakistan in 2022 has remained a topic of discussion for a while now. Pakistan and West Indies both made their ways to the United Kingdom’s shores this year amid the pandemic, protecting the board massive financial losses. New ECB Chairman Ian Watmore backs the players to visit Pakistan, provided all safety measures in place.
The last time England toured Pakistan was back in 2005-06 and since then they have refrained from doing so, owing to security concerns. The Sri Lankan team suffered a terrorist attack in 2009 and it was only after a decade that Test cricket resumed in the nation.
Nevertheless, former Pakistan seamer Wasim Akram recently claimed that the Englishmen owe them a visit. The tourists are scheduled to play three Tests and five ODIs in England.
Ian Watmore reckons it would be spectacular for them and the game to visit Pakistan. With the sub-continent nation getting back to staging international cricket regularly, Watmore states that England must indeed tour if it is safe to do so.
“It would be brilliant for us and for the game there to get cricket back on. With Pakistan back hosting cricket we should definitely go and tour there if it’s at all safe to do so,” Watmore said as quoted by BBC.
I would like to thank him for his tremendous achievements in the role: ECB Chairman
Ian Watmore, who succeeded Colin Graves as the chairman of the board on Tuesday, feels thrilled to commence his role following his smooth and detailed onboarding process conducted by Tom Harrison and co. Watmore feels delighted to have met everyone at the board, underlining as a privilege to succeed Graves, and hailed him for his achievements when holding the position.
“I’m delighted to officially start my role as Chair today following a really informative and consultative onboarding process led by Tom Harrison and his team.
“I am grateful to everyone I have met at the ECB, the First-Class Counties and the Recreational Game for their welcome, help and advice. It is a privilege to succeed outgoing Chair, Colin Graves, and I would like to thank him for his tremendous achievements in the role,” the 62-year-old ECB boss added.