It is indeed a massive boost for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that several players from different countries have supported touring their nation for cricket. English cricketer Moeen Ali during his stint in the Pakistan Super League, also claimed that England would likely visit Pakistan for a bilateral series in the near future. However, PCB chief Wasim Khan has brushed reports of the upcoming tour of England, using it to get their opposition visit in 2022.
When Sri Lanka visited Pakistan for a two-Test series last December, it was their first home Test in over a decade. The PSL edition of 2020 also took place entirely in the country of the origin for the first time with significant international figures, supporting the move of touring the nation. The year 2009 witnessed a devastating set of events unfold when the Sri Lankan team became victims of the terrorist attacks.
Due to the same and the uncertain political situation in the country, England, like several countries, haven’t resorted to touring it. It seems like a favourable time for Pakistan to cut a deal with England for a return tour, who haven’t visited the nation since 2005. Yet, Wasim Khan has sidelined rumours of their country cutting any such deal and that the concentration solely is on resuming cricket safely.
“There is a lot of cricket to be played between now and 2022. I’ve had that question raised a few times; has there been a deal cut? Is something going to happen? But the simple fact is and it’s a genuine answer is we need to get cricket back on again and now is probably not the time to try and leverage things. Naturally, things will take their course over the next two years.” Khan said as quoted by Times of India.
“We’ll give more confidence to the likes of Australia and England in two years”: PCB Chief Wasim Khan
The PCB boss realizes that there is plenty of cricket that would take place between now and 2022, having plenty of series on their home turf. Khan has aimed for it to go successfully so that they can provide more optimism to countries like Australia and England, who are slated to come to Pakistan in 2022.
“We’ve got a lot of home series in between now and then, which hopefully will all go successfully, and we’ll give more confidence to the likes of Australia and England, who are due in 2022.” he added further.