Pakistan took a significant step in ensuring that their nation is safe for international cricket by successfully hosting Sri Lanka previous year. The Men in Green hosted their sub-continent counterparts for three ODIs, three T20Is, and two Tests. Pakistan also hosted Bangladesh before staging the entire tournament of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in their country. With as many as ten English cricketers participating in the competition, all-rounder Moeen Ali has strongly hinted about England touring Pakistan in the near future.
Ali, who has his roots from Pakistan, has turned up for Multan Sultans in PSL 2020, has passed a hint that their board’s ambition of inviting a high-profile team to play in their country may possibly come to life. He is also keen to visit Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
The all-rounder made a successful comeback to the national squad in February after a poor run of form a few months prior to that.
Ali conceded that talks have been taking place of England’s visit to Pakistan due to plenty of their players participating in the ongoing edition of the PSL. He believes that it is a testament that Pakistan is a safe nation to play in and he also confirmed that if the tour takes place, he will be a part of the same.
“Talks are underway for the England cricket team to visit Pakistan,” Moeen told Geo News. “At the moment, there are 10 English cricketers in Pakistan playing in the PSL, which shows that we [England] are interested in coming here and playing. If the England team comes to Pakistan, I will be a part of it.” Ali said as quoted by Geo News.
Moeen Ali reveals the name of two cricketers who encouraged him to tour Pakistan:
The 32-year old said that Mushtaq Ahmed and Andy Flower urged him to visit the country.
The Birmingham-born cricketer praised Pakistan as a cricket-playing nation, coming after 15 years and is glad to be part of the entire competition taking place here.
“Pakistan is a wonderful country to play cricket in. To have the entire PSL in Pakistan is a huge achievement and I am glad to be a part of it. I am visiting Pakistan after 15 years. Mushtaq Ahmed and Andy Flower pushed me to visit Pakistan,” he said.
Before the Three Lions tour Pakistan, the Men in Green will tour England later this year for Tests and limited-overs cricket.