The ECB has confirmed that the English team is currently planning to hold a short tour to Pakistan by late January or early February.
After 15 years, cricket fans might have to see another England tour of Pakistan as it is currently in the works between the two cricket boards. Originally, England is not scheduled to tour Pakistan until 2022. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board has sent out an invitation for England to have at least a week to hold a short tour series with them.
As it seems, the England and Wales Cricket Board are interested in it. In fact, the ECB is grateful that Pakistan has also accepted their offer for their match series which had just been concluded even as they had imposed strict quarantine protocols.
With that, the ECB’s statement stated, ‘After discussions with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), we can confirm the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has received an invitation in respect of a short white-ball tour to Pakistan during the early part of 2021. We welcome the fact that international cricket is returning to Pakistan and are committed to doing what we can to help this develop further’.
‘As with any proposed tour that takes place at this time, the safety and welfare of our players and staff is paramount. As such, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration, including the proposed protocols in relation to COVID-19 bio-secure bubbles, the proposed levels of security around the team, as well as the feasibility of undertaking this tour against the backdrop of an already busy schedule of international cricket for the England men's team’, it added.
The ECB has also added that they will work with the PCB over the coming weeks before a final decision will be made. Should it push through, the short tour will consist of three T20Is. To understand this format of cricket, check out Betwala.
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