The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani has said that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will send a second-string side for tour of Pakistan in January next year.
While talking during a press conference in Rawalpindi, Mani said that England’s main team will be on Sri Lanka’s tour in January.
“Main team of England will be in Sri Lanka but they’ll be touring Pakistan for T20Is at the same time to send worldwide message that Pakistan is safe country to play cricket. Top officials of England will be coming to Pakistan during tour,” said Mani.
England have not toured Pakistan since 2005 amid security concerns. Last month, the news came that England is considering a short tour to Pakistan and both boards are in talk over finalizing the window.
Mani further said
“We are very thankful to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and now Zimbabwe for sending their main teams. There can’t be a more powerful message that each one of them has said that they are comfortable with the security arrangements. They are comfortable with how we are handling the bio-security arrangements.”
Pakistan is looking to host top internationals team like South Africa, Australia, New Zealand in the coming year.
Pakistan were one of four teams that went over to the United Kingdom (UK) this year, amid Covid-19 pandemic, which played a major role in keeping financial losses at a manageable level for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).