Pakistan invite England in thirteen years
For the first time since 2005, England national cricket team have been invited to tour Pakistan. Being deprived from international cricketing action since 2009, Pakistan recently completed arranging a successful home series against West Indies under improved security condition in Karachi.
The country’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal stretched the invitation to UK High Commissioner Thomas Drew on Tuesday.
“The successful staging of international matches in Pakistan is a clear proof that we have defeated terrorism and extremism,” he said later in an official talk.
“But I also hope that it will not be long before I can welcome an England team to Pakistan,” he told AFP Wednesday.
“That really is something to look forward to,” he added.
Since Sri Lankan national team bus was fallen under terrorist attack back in 2009, foreign team refused to tour Pakistan therefore United Arab Emirates was continuously hosting Pakistan’s home matches.
The long draught was rained when Zimbabwe agreed to play in Pakistani soil back in 2015.
The series was followed by arranging matches against a World XI side, Sri Lanka series, the finals of Pakistan Super League in Lahore and lastly against the three matches T20I series against West Indies although the Caribbean side was forced to tour with a curtailed team for some of the front line performers refused to visit Pakistan.