Although some top cricketers are still not satisfied with the idea of touring Pakistan, slowly but surely international cricket is making its way into the Asian country. Sri Lanka played an ODI and T20 series, recently. With the security arrangements, the visiting team players were more or less satisfied. A picture was posted by the Sri Lankan all-rounder Shehan Jayasuriya in which he was wearing Pakistan jersey.
Even as the tour went on without any trouble, cricket in Pakistan is awaiting more good news. It has been learned that Ireland may come soon to the nation to play an international series. Moreover, it was said by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that even England may visit Pakistan in 2022.
Another massive development in Pakistan
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison and Cricket Ireland chief Warren Deutrom recently visited Pakistan. The duo went to Islamabad and Lahore and was pretty satisfied with some of the initiatives taken by the local authorities, terming them as impressive.
“Speaking in the 16-minute sixth episode of the PCB podcast, Harrison said he was taking all the information home as it would help in considering fulfilling England cricket team’s obligation in 2022, while Deutrom indicated that Ireland may soon visit Pakistan for an international series,” a PCB press release was quoted as saying.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had invited them to come and look at the security provisions that have been put in place to host big cricket international events.
We love hosting Pakistan
“Now we need to take all that information home and start building towards a plan to put in place over the next few years to make it safe for us to consider coming here and fulfilling that obligation in the second half of 2022,” Harrison mentioned.
Pakistan will play Ireland in a couple of T20Is after which they’ll go to England in July 2020. They will take part in three Tests and as many T20Is starting there on July 30. About the engagement between England cricket’s community and Pakistan team, Harrison also sounded confident.
“We love hosting Pakistan. It’s been fun to see the engagement of our English cricket community with the Pakistan team, particularly in the short format. We have seen the incredible support for the T20 Internationals. We have obviously seen the one-day series that preceeded the 2019 ICC World Cup which was absolutely brilliant,” he added.