Australia, England and New Zealand expected to tour Pakistan in next two years, says PCB CEO Wasim Khan
Teams have started to show interest in touring Pakistan again.
Updated - Sep 15, 2020 12:21 pm
After a forgettable Test series and a drawn T20I series in England, Pakistan has finally received good news. The CEO of their cricket board (PCB) has said that Australia, England and New Zealand have asserted that they will be touring Pakistan in 2021-22. Notably, international cricket in the country was halted due to the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.
However, cricket is finally taking baby steps towards its resumption n in the Asian country. It started with Zimbabwe touring Pakistan in 2015 for a limited-overs series. However, the Test cricket only returned after a gap of 10 years as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh played in Pakistan earlier this year. Now, with the big teams coming to play in the subcontinent nation, the cricket is finally finding its way back in the country.
Wasim Khan, CEO of PCB, spoke about the same stating that as long as the health situation in the world allows, three of the top four teams in Test cricket will come and play in Pakistan. “These teams [England, Australia and New Zealand] have already confirmed that they will tour Pakistan in 2021 and 2022. Depending on the [global health crisis] situation, the coming years will see regular international cricket activities in Pakistan,” Khan said, as quoted by geosuper.tv.
Pakistan is back as a safe place to host cricket
Earlier this year, PCB’s chairman Ehsan Mani affirmed that Pakistan is a safe place of host cricket now. He also mentioned that their makeshift home, UAE is no longer an option to host home matches. Notably, Pakistan used to lose a large share of revenue as they used to host their home matches in UAE. Joe Root, England’s Test captain had also expressed his desire to play cricket in the Asian country.
Though having a large crowd in the stadiums might not be possible considering the global health situation, people in Pakistan must be very excited to have international cricket back in their country. Before the three major nations, Zimbabwe is expected to tour Pakistan in November this year to play 3 T20Is in Rawalpindi and 3 ODIs in Multan. Pakistan has also roped in South Africa as a touring party for January next year to play two Tests and 3 T20Is.