Fri. Dec 4th, 2020
Agence France-Presse


England captain Joe Root has stated he “would love” to play in Pakistan however is not sure when the area could possibly be present in a crowded schedule forward of a deliberate tour in 2022.

England haven’t performed in Pakistan since 2005/06. An assault by armed militants on Sri Lanka’s crew bus in Lahore in 2009 ended main cricket excursions for a decade, with Pakistan enjoying the vast majority of their subsequent ‘dwelling’ matches within the United Arab Emirates.

However Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, West Indies and Bangladesh have all since made the journey to Pakistan.

Pakistan are 1-0 down in a three-Take a look at sequence in England after a weather-affected drawn second Take a look at at Southampton on Monday adopted a three-wicket loss at Previous Trafford earlier this month.

“I might like to go and go to Pakistan,” Root informed reporters after stumps on the Ageas Bowl in an echo of latest feedback made by England coach Chris Silverwood.

“It could be an excellent alternative to go and play there personally. Sadly, it isn’t my resolution to make nevertheless it seems a beautiful nation to go and play cricket in.

“The wickets look good and flat, which will likely be a pleasant change to what we’ve simply performed on right here,” the top-order batsman added.

‘You may see the emotion of everybody in Pakistan’

Take a look at cricket returned to Pakistan in December, when Sri Lanka had been the guests.

“You see may see the emotion of everybody again in Pakistan when Take a look at cricket was there on the again finish of final yr,” stated Root.

“Additionally, talking to a couple of the gamers, how a lot it meant to them as properly and so they actually appreciated with the ability to play again in Pakistan too.”

Earlier this month, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief govt Wasim Khan, voiced the hope that England may tour earlier than 2022.

“We might like to have them coming over properly earlier than then for a shorter tour,” stated Khan, a Birmingham-born former batsman in English county cricket. “It is one thing that we’ll communicate to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about.”

‘We now have such a busy schedule already’

However Root was cautious about how extra fixtures could possibly be added to a global programme nonetheless battling the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have such a busy schedule already with backlogging resulting from COVID, will probably be attention-grabbing to see how that might work,” he stated.

The present marketing campaign, which sees the third Take a look at, additionally at Southampton, begin on Friday, follows final month’s England-West Indies sequence that marked worldwide cricket’s return from lockdown.

Each the West Indies and Pakistan, among the many poorer Take a look at nations, have been praised for travelling to Britain, which has been hit laborious by the COVID-19 outbreak, and serving to spare the ECB an estimated £280 million ($366 million) loss if their scheduled matches had been worn out by the well being disaster.

To ensure that the matches to proceed amid the virus, each units of vacationers have been restricted to onsite lodges on the Ageas Bowl and Manchester’s Previous Trafford in a bid to create a bio-secure bubble.

“You (England) boys owe Pakistan cricket, and the nation, lots, with the boys coming over right here,” Pakistan nice Wasim Akram informed Sky Sports activities on Sunday.

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