Pakistan not to play home series in neutral venues
Pakistan now wants to play home series in their own country. PCB chairman Ehsan Mani is not in favor of playing the series against England in a neutral venue two years later. He does not see any reason for the British not to go to Pakistan.
England did not visit Pakistan after 2005 due to security concerns. At that time, they had two home series against the English in the United Arab Emirates. They have a home series against the country again in 2022. And I want it in Pakistan, said the PCB chief at a BBC event.
“I do not think there is any reason why England should not come here. I want to make it clear that this time we will not play in a third country. I will either play in Pakistan or not. ”
No international cricket has been played in Pakistan for six years after the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team. International cricket returned to the country in 2015 with a limited overs series against Zimbabwe. Over the next few years a few more teams played short version cricket in Pakistan.
Red ball cricket returned to the country after 10 years with a Test against Sri Lanka last year. Then Bangladesh also played Test there. A few days ago, an MCC team led by Kumar Sangakkara came to play. But in the last 15 years, England has never visited Pakistan.
According to Mani, there is no longer any security threat in Pakistan as before. The former ICC president is confident that the situation will improve ahead of his visit to England.
“Pakistan is safe. Of the teams that have played here, we have tightened security for them, just like for the head of state. After the MCC team came, they also wanted to go out and play golf. They went out to hang out and eat at restaurants. We have two years before coming to England. Hopefully, by then the situation will be normal and there will be more freedom of movement. ”
The PCB wants the England national team to play a T20 series before 2022 or the England Lions (youth team) to come to Pakistan on a short tour. England coach Chris Silverwood is also optimistic about the future of the Pakistan tour. He said his team was ready to go to Pakistan.