A good news for cricket fans in Pakistan as top international ream hints at visiting Pakistan

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A good news for cricket fans in Pakistan as top international ream hints at visiting Pakistan

Manchester: England should “definitely” tour Pakistan provided it it is safe to do so, according to new England and Wales cricket Board (ECB) chairman Ian Watmore.

England have not visited Pakistan since 2005-06.

An attack by armed militants on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore in 2009 ended major cricket tours for a decade, with Pakistan forced to play ‘home’ matches in the UAE.

But other countries have since made the trip, with England scheduled to return to Pakistan in 2022.

English players have also taken part in the Pakistan Super League.

Both Pakistan and the West Indies, two of world cricket’s financially poorer nations, have helped spare the ECB losses that could have totalled hundreds of millions of pounds by going ahead with tours of England even when Britain was badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It would be brilliant for us and for the game there to get cricket back on,” said Watmore on Tuesday.

“With Pakistan back hosting cricket we should definitely go and tour there if it’s at all safe to do so, Gulf Today has reported.