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    PCB invites England for a short white-ball tour of Pakistan in early 2021

    Statement from ECB

    “After discussions with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), we can confirm the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has received an invitation in respect of a short white-ball tour to Pakistan during the early part of 2021.

    “We welcome the fact that international cricket is returning to Pakistan and are committed to doing what we can to help this develop further.

    "As with any proposed tour that takes place at this time, the safety and welfare of our players and staff is paramount. As such, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration, including the proposed protocols in relation to COVID-19 bio-secure bubbles, the proposed levels of security around the team, as well as the feasibility of undertaking this tour against the backdrop of an already busy schedule of international cricket for the England men’s team.

    "We will be liaising with the PCB, and as well as other partners over the coming weeks to work through these considerations, before a final decision will be taken in due course."
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    Huge news if it happens and England can send a strong squad.

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    Full credit to Wasim Khan for organizing the 2020 tour to England, even when he was criticized for ďnot having strings attachedĒ.

    There is a little something called diplomacy- this guy is good at it.

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    would be a massive coup for pak for england to come, and would hopefully pave the way for a full tour at a latter date.

    the whole covid situation kinda plays into paks hands too, due to security it was likely they would have all games at one venue, but then the tours never feel "normal", however with covid one format, one venue tours are a lot more normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Full credit to Wasim Khan for organizing the 2020 tour to England, even when he was criticized for “not having strings attached”.

    There is a little something called diplomacy- this guy is good at it.
    Being "English" does help also - he knows exactly how to handle this issue.


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    Alhamduillah. So much good news in one day. Azhar might be sacked soon and eng to tour Pak. These things are usually too good to be true but one can only hope. In Sha Allah it happens.

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    Imran Khan has good connections with the British elite, I think that's working in Pakistan's favor. That's also the main reason for the positive press after the Balakot episode.

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    This has leaked out to the media way too soon. I suspect not many in the boardroom will be happy about this being out in the public.

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    If there's no crowd that's a bit dead - could have waited a year.
    This is gonna be the first top team to visit Pakistan in over a decade - and there will be no crowd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giannis View Post
    Imran Khan has good connections with the British elite, I think that's working in Pakistan's favor. That's also the main reason for the positive press after the Balakot episode.
    Think this is a bit naive. UK government and elites have no connection to the cricket board. I would credit Wasim Khan though as he has worked with the E.C.B. before and so there is trust between ECB and PCB.

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    People always criticising Wasim Khan yet he has done more for Pakistan Cricket than any other PCB chairman/CEO has ever done.

    Full PSL in Pakistan
    Full Sri Lanka and Bangladesh tours
    Potential South Africa and England tours
    Department cricket replaced by competitive regional cricket (credit to IK mostly but also WK for implementing)
    Image of Pakistan Cricket Board improved amongst other boards like ECB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theo_14 View Post
    This has leaked out to the media way too soon. I suspect not many in the boardroom will be happy about this being out in the public.
    Yep.

    Won't be surprised if it doesn't go ahead at all.

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    Would be massive for Pakistan cricket and cricket fans if it goes ahead. PCB will definitely deserve congrats and appreciation for this and ECB will thoroughly deserve a big thanks, if this memorable gesture takes place.

    Pakistan cricket and fans are already grateful to West indies, World XI, Zimbabwe and overseas players in PSL for the revival of cricket along with Srilanka and Bangladesh for their help in revival of test cricket in Pakistan.

    Tour of Eng will further pave way for the remaining teams. Hopefully CSA can also sort their internal issues and send their team to add to the revival process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theo_14 View Post
    This has leaked out to the media way too soon. I suspect not many in the boardroom will be happy about this being out in the public.
    Its written by Atherton, I doubt Mike Atherton would have leaked it without having anybody else in the loop. He has been associated as commentator for English cricket and Sky for many years now, I doubt he will be leaking out things which arent supposed to be out.

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    InshaAllah it will go ahead and InshaAllah the big guns Butler and Stokes will be on tour.

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    Hopefully it happens. And I hope England send a strong squad so we can test some new players against a top team.

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    Diplomatic statement from ECB.

    Not committing themselves to anything and playing it safe.

    Let's see.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Minnowbasher View Post
    If there's no crowd that's a bit dead - could have waited a year.
    This is gonna be the first top team to visit Pakistan in over a decade - and there will be no crowd.
    The top LOI team is touring a previously shunned Pakistan, that too during a pandemic. You can always find something to complain about i'm sure, but this is overwhelmingly positive bhaijaan.

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    Atherton's article was more positive than ECB's comments. Maybe ECB are just trying to play it safe before committing to anything.

    Hopefully ECB can sort the things out and respond positively in coming weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minnowbasher View Post
    People always criticising Wasim Khan yet he has done more for Pakistan Cricket than any other PCB chairman/CEO has ever done.

    Full PSL in Pakistan
    Full Sri Lanka and Bangladesh tours
    Potential South Africa and England tours
    Department cricket replaced by competitive regional cricket (credit to IK mostly but also WK for implementing)
    Image of Pakistan Cricket Board improved amongst other boards like ECB.
    Nothing to do with Wasim Khan. He is simply capitalizing on the hard work done by PCB during the 2015-2018 period, when it was much, much harder to convince teams to tour Pakistan.

    The fact is that the Wasim-Mani duo would not have been able to host the entire PSL and play Test cricket in Pakistan in 2019-20 without the hard work of Shahryar Khan and Sethi over the last few years.

    Those 5-6 ODI/T20 matches every year, starting with the Zimbabwe tour in 2015 as well as the PSL games, presented Wasim and Mani with the opportunity to host the entire PSL this year and also host Test cricket.

    PCB have been taking incremental steps since the last 5 years to restore international cricket in Pakistan.

    Letís not give credit to Wasim and Mani just because they find themselves at the helm at the right time when the journey is almost complete.


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    This whole talk of PCB doing ECB a favor by touring during the pandemic is a load of nonsense. PCB looked after its own interests and ECB knows it very well.

    They will not be emotionally blackmailed into touring Pakistan and this diplomatic response was expected. They obviously cannot and should not commit without consulting with the players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    This whole talk of PCB doing ECB a favor by touring during the pandemic is a load of nonsense. PCB looked after its own interests and ECB knows it very well.

    They will not be emotionally blackmailed into touring Pakistan and this diplomatic response was expected. They obviously cannot and should not commit without consulting with the players.
    Good move to cover yourself early because I feel a few will be reminding you about your ridiculous posts on this issue soon.


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    By Michael Atrherton:

    Discussions are under way for a tour to Pakistan in January, the first time an England team will have visited the country for 15 years. The plan is for a three-match T20 series to thank Pakistan for their help last summer and to help accelerate the opening up of the country to touring teams.

    England are also due to play Sri Lanka in a Test series in January, quarantine negotiations permitting, so it would mean two England senior teams touring simultaneously. This would be the first time that has happened since 1930, when England sent teams to New Zealand and West Indies at the same time.

    There are numerous hurdles to overcome. The players would need to be convinced of their safety and a security report is being finalised. The schedule would require confirmation and costs agreed on. Clearly, though, the matches would be attractive to Pakistan’s broadcast partners and would help alleviate some of the Covid-induced financial pressures the Pakistan Cricket Board is experiencing.

    Little good has come from Covid-19, but an England tour to Pakistan, brief though it may be — Pakistan have a gap in their schedule from January 13 to 20 — would be one. England have not toured Pakistan since shortly after the famous Ashes triumph of 2005, meaning that none of the present England players have experience of playing there, other than as franchised players in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). International cricket was lost to Pakistan for a decade after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009.

    Test cricket returned for the first time in a decade last year and this year, until Covid-19 brought its premature end, the PSL returned to the country from the UAE in full.


    Among the English players to have toured during the PSL is Moeen Ali, who would be among the likely players for a T20 tour. Having enjoyed the experience, it is likely he would help to alleviate any security concerns his team-mates may have.

    The season’s unique circumstances have helped to create a bigger pool of players than the selectors were previously comfortable with, and with separate bio-secure bubbles in operation for Test and one-day cricket, England effectively operated two separate teams throughout the summer series against West Indies and Pakistan in any case.

    England are due to go to Pakistan for a full Test tour in 2022, and this short introduction, should it happen, would be a perfect way of laying the groundwork for that — as well as paying due thanks for Pakistan’s generosity in touring here this summer.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/e...uary-8w5k2dsl9


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    I have so, so much respect for Mike Atherton. Loved his documentary earlier this year as well, his services to Pakistan cricket have been immense. Possibly my favorite Englishman.

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    Atherton is a brilliant journalist and commentator. He’s great at building a narrative and has a great voice and cadence. He and his Sky team have put out some seriously great work. He’s really excelled in his second career. I hope some of our players learn from his example. Basic Khan comes to mind but he needs to work with public speaking coaches to work on his cadence. Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja are not cutting it. Waqar Younis was decent while in commentary. I’ve been impressed by Sana Mir in this National T20. I hope she takes up commentary and improves. She could become out Isa Guha especially since the world is moving towards female commentators along with male ones.

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    Great news for all Pakistan fans hopefully moen ali will convince few of the first team players to come to Pakistan hats off to wasim khan superb job

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minnowbasher View Post
    If there's no crowd that's a bit dead - could have waited a year.
    This is gonna be the first top team to visit Pakistan in over a decade - and there will be no crowd.
    Crowd or no crowd this is a step in the right direction they already have a tour in the 2022 were crowd can come in

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Good move to cover yourself early because I feel a few will be reminding you about your ridiculous posts on this issue soon.
    I was actually expecting him to claim the ground work was all laid in place by Najim Sethi and all WK had to do was take the credit.

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    Hope it happens in Pakistan rather than in the UAE.


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    Lets c what happens....no need 2 celebrate until it happens

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman View Post
    Hope it happens in Pakistan rather than in the UAE.
    Don't think the PCB will bother if it's to happen in the UAE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Good move to cover yourself early because I feel a few will be reminding you about your ridiculous posts on this issue soon.
    Lol, upon a successful English tour, he will spin the narrative that WK deserves no credit for the tour and that he fed off the good work done by Najam Sethi

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    Quote Originally Posted by angrypathan View Post
    Don't think the PCB will bother if it's to happen in the UAE.
    I'd loveeeeee to see this tour go through and see some good cricket back in Pakistan again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by angrypathan View Post
    Don't think the PCB will bother if it's to happen in the UAE.
    The whole point is to bring back cricket to Pakistan

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    Wow. Great news and a lovely gesture.

    Hopefully the ECB accepts.

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    Make no mistake, I'm an Indian fan, I'd like to see Pakistan lose. But I'm also a die hard cricket fan. I'd absolutely love to see England tour Pakistan.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Lol, upon a successful English tour, he will spin the narrative that WK deserves no credit for the tour and that he fed off the good work done by Najam Sethi
    Would England be willing to tour Pakistan in 2021 without PCB doing the very difficult job of hosting matches over the last few years?

    The fact is that it is much easier to convince teams to tour Pakistan today than it was 3-4 years ago. PCB at the time had to strive much harder to convince teams.

    So yes, all the major hard work was done by Shahryar and Sethi from 2015 to 2018. As a result, they deserve the most credit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Would England be willing to tour Pakistan in 2021 without PCB doing the very difficult job of hosting matches over the last few years?

    The fact is that it is much easier to convince teams to tour Pakistan today than it was 3-4 years ago. PCB at the time had to strive much harder to convince teams.

    So yes, all the major hard work was done by Shahryar and Sethi from 2015 to 2018. As a result, they deserve the most credit.
    The reason England are considering coming now is because England can trust Wasim Khan - personal relationships matter in every aspect of life and business.

    You can keep on inviting as many world XIs and Zimbabwes and Bangladeshs but Western sides need to hear a voice they can trust and recognize.

    It is here where having the "English accent" of Wasim Khan by our side is a stroke of genius.

    No one is denying what Sethi achieved with PSL but he would have been unable to take it to the next step. English media/players pay huge amount of attention to when Wasim Khan speaks as they consider him one of their own.

    Best you put away your political leanings and recognize this simple fact of how business is done in the real world.


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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Wow. Great news and a lovely gesture.

    Hopefully the ECB accepts.
    I feel that that things wouldnt have come this far without some degree of acceptance so am very hopeful.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    The reason England are considering coming now is because England can trust Wasim Khan - personal relationships matter in every aspect of life and business.

    You can keep on inviting as many world XIs and Zimbabwes and Bangladeshs but Western sides need to hear a voice they can trust and recognize.

    It is here where having the "English accent" of Wasim Khan by our side is a stroke of genius.

    No one is denying what Sethi achieved with PSL but he would have been unable to take it to the next step. English media/players pay huge amount of attention to when Wasim Khan speaks as they consider him one of their own.

    Best you put away your political leanings and recognize this simple fact of how business is done in the real world.
    Absolutely not.

    The only reason England are contemplating touring Pakistan today is not because of Wasim Khan but because they have seen Pakistanís ability to host matches successfully over the last few years, and that has slowly and gradually restored faith in Pakistanís ability to provide security to touring teams.

    You can demean and disrespect Zimbabwe, West Indies and Sri Lanka all you want, but the trust that they put in PCB during the 2015-2017 period has now allowed PCB to be in a position where they can try and convince teams like England to tour Pakistan.

    Moreover, the World XI tour that included several key South African players including their captain Faf was a major breakthrough.

    With or without Wasim and Mani, PCB in 2020-2021 would be in a position to talk to big teams over touring Pakistan because they have something to fall back on (the successful tours by the teams you disrespected) and the memory of the 2009 attack is beginning to fade away.

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    Forget the full strength team with Roots and the Stokes'.....even if England send a semi-second string side, it will be a huge win for Pak cricket and PCB and I can't stress enough on the word huge.

    It's pretty much a foregone conclusion that India and Australia won't be touring anytime sooner so PCB should work as hard as they can on getting NZ, England and SAF to tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    I feel that that things wouldnt have come this far without some degree of acceptance so am very hopeful.
    Just got all my fingers and toes crossed on this one.

    England and Pakistan within cricket have excellent relations already. An England tour of Pakistan would strengthen these relations further. But something larger is at stake here.

    What I think would be really important is seeing one of the most historically significant cricket nations and the home nation of cricket touring Pakistan once more. It would send a very positive and optimistic message out to the rest of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Absolutely not.

    The only reason England are contemplating touring Pakistan today is not because of Wasim Khan but because they have seen Pakistan’s ability to host matches successfully over the last few years, and that has slowly and gradually restored faith in Pakistan’s ability to provide security to touring teams.

    You can demean and disrespect Zimbabwe, West Indies and Sri Lanka all you want, but the trust that they put in PCB during the 2015-2017 period has now allowed PCB to be in a position where they can try and convince teams like England to tour Pakistan.

    Moreover, the World XI tour that included several key South African players including their captain Faf was a major breakthrough.

    With or without Wasim and Mani, PCB in 2020-2021 would be in a position to talk to big teams over touring Pakistan because they have something to fall back on (the successful tours by the teams you disrespected) and the memory of the 2009 attack is beginning to fade away.
    At this point, I feel pity for you as trying to come to terms with success of the present administration will be tough.

    I would suggest that instead of your usual negativity, you take this opportunity to wish Pakistanis well for their future as this tour, if it happens, will go a long way in setting things right.


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    England in Pakistan will be awesome!

    Fully expect Pakistan to whitewash them.


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    Question is will Morgan Stokes Buttler tour with the team. I know Malan Livingstone Jordan even Banton would ditto gor Roy Bairstow Archer

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    The tour is confirmed for January or Early Feb!

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    England can definitely form an XI and a pretty good one to come to Pak

    Roy
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    vince
    Banton
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    chris jordan
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    two Pacers

    most of these guys have played the PSL, so players not accepting should not be an excuse to not come. Root and Woakes have also mentioned that they would love to tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    Atherton's article was more positive than ECB's comments. Maybe ECB are just trying to play it safe before committing to anything.

    Hopefully ECB can sort the things out and respond positively in coming weeks.
    They will take advice from the Foreign Office, who will do a risk assessment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naseem View Post
    Question is will Morgan Stokes Buttler tour with the team. I know Malan Livingstone Jordan even Banton would ditto gor Roy Bairstow Archer
    England will be playing Sri Lanka around the same time as this T20I series, so Buttler, Stokes & Archer won't be available anyway as they'll be with the Test team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naseem View Post
    Question is will Morgan Stokes Buttler tour with the team. I know Malan Livingstone Jordan even Banton would ditto gor Roy Bairstow Archer
    We will have to wait and see. I don’t think England will do this half heartedly. It will be all out or nothing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    England in Pakistan will be awesome!

    Fully expect Pakistan to whitewash them.
    I highly doubt it in LOI cricket. People often confuse it with UAE and forget that Pakistan produces some of the most batting friendly surfaces. Just check the avg scores in national t20 cup. On surfaces like these and with the batting line up that England has, I highly doubt they would get whitewashed. They would simply outbat Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajdeep View Post
    I highly doubt it in LOI cricket. People often confuse it with UAE and forget that Pakistan produces some of the most batting friendly surfaces. Just check the avg scores in national t20 cup. On surfaces like these and with the batting line up that England has, I highly doubt they would get whitewashed. They would simply outbat Pakistan.
    Whoops, didn't realize it was an ODI only tour.

    If there are tests, Pakistan has the edge.


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    This is supposed to be good news for all Pakistanis and genuine cricket fans of the world. I don’t understand why this has become a political point scoring debate between PMLN and PTI. This is why I feel PCB could do so much better with an independent administration rather than one that is appointed by the government in power, as I just feel some people are not supporting or following Pakistan for what is essential and that is CRICKET ONLY.

    Not sure why anyone is taking digs at Wasim Khan and Ehsan Mani. Genuine cricket fans would congratulate the efforts of anyone in charge right now who made these things possible for us fans, regardless of what party they belong to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    At this point, I feel pity for you as trying to come to terms with success of the present administration will be tough.

    I would suggest that instead of your usual negativity, you take this opportunity to wish Pakistanis well for their future as this tour, if it happens, will go a long way in setting things right.
    That is fine.

    What I pity is people clutching at straws to somehow make this duo of Wasim and Mani look competent after their utterly shambolic handling of Arthurís succession plan.

    The way they allowed Misbah to decide Arthurís future when he himself had eyes on replacing him, then gave him the job BEFORE advertising the position, created the dual role and called it an innovative idea only to trash it within a year because they donít have the spine to sack Misbah speaks volumes about how completely incompetent and clueless they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Whoops, didn't realize it was an ODI only tour.

    If there are tests, Pakistan has the edge.
    This is supposed to be a forerunner for a full tour by England in 2022. ECB are looking to repay Pakistan for helping out during the Covid crisis in the early summer. As James has already said, despite the history of bust ups between England and Pakistan, they do have historically good cricket relations off the pitch, and ECB have done their best down the years to keep Pakistan onboard during their times of crisis. They have always recognised a strong Pakistan is good for the game and to give them credit, the ECB has never shirked from looking at the wider picture when it comes to the health of cricket.


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    Been reading tweets/comments from British people about this tour - and it's all positive.

    They really feel they owe Pakistan a trip after Pakistan braved Covid to tour. I struggle to see any negative comments from them and even fear of security is the lowest I have seen in decades - post PSL etc.

    Pakistan-England cricketing history has been tumultuous in the extreme over the years - but the bond between the two countries is also unique and very special.

    All their boards and governments have to do is to just let a good thing be and not mess it up.
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    One can acknowledge and build on their predecessor's good work, without feeling obligated to bow down to them for the rest of their life.

    Yes Najam Sethi and Shehryar Khan deserve credit for the restoration of international cricket in Pakistan. Now Ehsan Mani and particularly Wasim Khan, whose close relationship with the ECB has made this series possible, are now taking the next step in aiming to attract the top teams in the world.

    I don't know how people have the stamina for daily petty political pointscoring.

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    Itíll be a monumental achievement for PCB & PAK cricket if they can bring Poms for just couple of T20s either side of SRL tour. Bringing Asian teams or cash stripped ZIM or Jason Moís WIN is one thing any bringing an official English team is different proposition. Any official English team will tour PAK only after clearance from Dominic Raabís office - thatíll give PCB & PAK as a state lots of credibility.

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    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s Chairman Ehsan Mani has claimed that an upcoming England tour will encourage Australia to fly over to Pakistan for a series in the future.

    Mani claimed that England’s tour is a small step in the bigger picture which will help build confidence for other sides to tour Pakistan.

    “It is a small step but the spillover effect will be very big. This will build their [England] confidence. 12 to 13 players from their side already played in our PSL. The comfort level has already been raised,” said Mani while talking to reporters in Lahore.

    “This small tour, which will probably be for a week if it happens, will give confidence to Cricket Australia that if England can come than we should have nothing to worry about. England is scheduled to come back in 2022. These are just the little building blocks that complete the entire picture,” he added.

    Earlier, The Times reported that England are considering touring Pakistan for a three-match T20I series in January 2021.

    Meanwhile, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan was also quietly confident about England’s tour of Pakistan in January.

    “There was no deal struck when we went over to England [about a return trip],” said Khan. “We are quietly confident at the moment. We will support the ECB in all their assessments and in everything they need to do to get that series on in January.”

    “I wrote to them on October 12 on behalf of the PCB, inviting them to Pakistan. There was a statement from the ECB yesterday, acknowledging that we’ve written to them. I’m just waiting for the formal response to come back; within that, it will talk about what the next steps are, which will be Covid assessments, security assessments – all of those kinds of things that need to be ticked off,” he added.

    “But there’s a huge will from the ECB to come and do this. They know the importance of this for the global game, but also for cricket in Pakistan,” he said while praising ECB’s willingness to tour Pakistan.

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    LAHORE: Former Pakistan Cricket captain Wasim Akram said on Friday England’s consideration for a short tour to Pakistan was a major cricket breakthrough for the cricket-mad nation that will have long-term effects on the growth and development of local cricketers that, in turn, will improve international standing of the national sides across all formats.

    “Knowing how the England and Wales Cricket Board operate, I know for sure they would not have made this decision overnight. The process started 12 months ago with Tom Harrison’s visit to Lahore during Sri Lanka matches and following regular interactions with the PCB and other relevant stakeholders, they finally acknowledged they were considering a short tour to Pakistan,” Wasim, who took 916 international wickets, told APP.

    PCB chief executive Wasim Khan had earlier confirmed he had invited England and Wales Cricket Board for a three T20I series between January 13 and 20 in the lead up to the home series against South Africa. The ECB later confirmed the invite, saying they were committed in doing what they could to help this develop further.

    “If this three T20I tour takes place next year in January, I am convinced this will be a massive step forward in helping Pakistan regain their lost glory.

    The series will surely attract young cricketers and motivate them to pick up the bat and the ball, exactly like I and the players of my era fell in love with the game after watching greats of those times.

    “I think the present PCB set-up has continued to live up to the expectations of the fans and cricket lovers with their clear vision and strategy, that it backed by their delivery. It is appropriate that we now all get behind the PCB as one nation, refrain from any further sarcastic comments and start appreciating the good work being done in the best interest of Pakistan cricket.”

    Former captain Rashid Latif echoed Wasim Akram’s comments, adding the ECB statement was PCB’s massive success on the cricket diplomacy front.

    “England’s tour to Pakistan would be of a great significance and the PCB deserves a lot of credit since questions were being raised on Pakistan’s tour to England during the pandemic as it was termed useless by many,” the champion wicketkeeper said.

    Wasim Khan was severely criticized for his decision to send the Pakistan squad to England for a scheduled FTP tour despite him maintaining that cricket and Covid needed to co-exist for a period time, and, therefore, it was critical that the PCB played its part in getting cricket being played again globally.

    Pakistan subsequently lost the Test series 1-0, a series they should have won, and tied the T20Is 1-1, again a result that could have gone in the way of the green shirts.

    “At times backdoor diplomacy works and one had an idea that tour was indeed not useless. This is a good step, both by the ECB and the PCB.

    “England has always been the most significant force in cricket carrying a lot of weight and credibility. A tour by England, soon followed by a tour by South Africa, will mean a lot and will surely see the start of tours by countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies.

    “England’s tour will be a major boost to our cricket. Even if something God forbidden happens in the future, we should abstain from playing at neutral venues. We need to learn from the mistakes we made in the past and try to play at our home venues only even if there is a delay,” the former captain who led Pakistan in six Tests and 25 ODIs.

    Flamboyant Shahid Afridi, who featured in the 2005 Faisalabad Test against England scoring 92 and 0 while also taking four wickets, was delighted with news and congratulated the PCB for their efforts.

    “This is a great development, Pakistan is as safe and secure a country as any in the world and we have seen in the last one year the regular tours of international teams and, of course, world’s leading players in the Pakistan Super League 2020.

    “All of them thoroughly enjoyed their tour and I am sure England cricketers will again have a great time and will enjoy the traditional Pakistan hospitality. I am positive that the England and Wales Cricket Board will accept the PCB’s invitation.

    “At the same time, I want to congratulate the PCB on this development. We have seen great progress in terms of cricket returning to Pakistan under this set-up and this will be another significant series even, if it is for now only a T20 series.”

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    Should arrange ODI/T20 leg of SA tour which is postponed in October in Pakistan as well if COVID situation not improved in SA and SA board agrees m. I think I heard Waseem Khan saying along the same lines in earlier interview

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    Seems excuses being made.

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    England’s players can withdraw from tours if they feel playing in bio-secure bubbles during the COVID-19 pandemic will take a toll on their mental health, limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has said.

    England hosted West Indies, Pakistan and Australia after cricket’s restart in July, with the teams restricted to playing in Manchester and Southampton where the ECB had set up bubbles.

    The Indian Premier League has set up a bubble for players in the United Arab Emirates and similar curbs on movement will be in place with England expected to tour South Africa next month.

    “We’ve spoken about this as a team and we’ve accepted that guys will come in and out of the bubble as they feel it is affecting their mental health,” Morgan said during an online charity event.

    “I do think we will see people pull out of tours. That’s just going to be the reality of things.”

    Morgan said it was important to create an environment for players to be comfortable with making that decision.

    “I don’t think people should look down on it and they shouldn’t feel like people aren’t doing their job or not committing to their country,” the 34-year-old added.

    “That’s a reactive way of dealing with things and we want to be at the forefront of making it acceptable for people to say ‘I need to spend time with my family now and I’m taking this tour off’ just because of the extraordinary circumstances.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Seems excuses being made.

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    England’s players can withdraw from tours if they feel playing in bio-secure bubbles during the COVID-19 pandemic will take a toll on their mental health, limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has said.

    England hosted West Indies, Pakistan and Australia after cricket’s restart in July, with the teams restricted to playing in Manchester and Southampton where the ECB had set up bubbles.

    The Indian Premier League has set up a bubble for players in the United Arab Emirates and similar curbs on movement will be in place with England expected to tour South Africa next month.

    “We’ve spoken about this as a team and we’ve accepted that guys will come in and out of the bubble as they feel it is affecting their mental health,” Morgan said during an online charity event.

    “I do think we will see people pull out of tours. That’s just going to be the reality of things.”

    Morgan said it was important to create an environment for players to be comfortable with making that decision.

    “I don’t think people should look down on it and they shouldn’t feel like people aren’t doing their job or not committing to their country,” the 34-year-old added.

    “That’s a reactive way of dealing with things and we want to be at the forefront of making it acceptable for people to say ‘I need to spend time with my family now and I’m taking this tour off’ just because of the extraordinary circumstances.”

    https://m.hindustantimes.com/cricket...3tEra2ouI.html
    Ok Eoin? Why is it that they want to take time off when they play Pakistan or West Indies but not the IPL for 50 days in a row (£££)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Ok Eoin? Why is it that they want to take time off when they play Pakistan or West Indies but not the IPL for 50 days in a row (£££)
    Pretty shameless in my personal opinion


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    I don’t understand what’s wrong with this guy!

    If Pakistan invite Ireland for a tour of Pakistan, the entire country will be up for it as it gives them valuable playing time. Morgan is lucky enough to represent England instead and has been playing throughout, but he seems to be so negative about touring especially when the question of Pakistan looms.

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    Pakistan should consider inviting ireland , they may accept it.


    It is either a heartache or a headache ..Argh relationships.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Pretty shameless in my personal opinion
    It’s a popular opinion in 90% of the world cricket community, not touring Pakistan is ok, nothing will be held against you.

    and they will tell you cricket isn’t a racist sport apparently

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    I guess these SENA players were secretly thankful for the terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team, as it finally gave them the excuse to never have to tour a boring and dry place like Pakistan.

    The only ones that suffer from this is us, the true and honest fans who love cricket.

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    A couple of county teams are very interested in touring pakistan for their pre season prep. Warwickshire is one of the teams mentioned, 100% because of the influence of Wasim Khan who used to play for them, great work being done, no one is doubting the effort of sethi etc but Wasim has taken this to the next stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Seems excuses being made.

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    England’s players can withdraw from tours if they feel playing in bio-secure bubbles during the COVID-19 pandemic will take a toll on their mental health, limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has said.

    England hosted West Indies, Pakistan and Australia after cricket’s restart in July, with the teams restricted to playing in Manchester and Southampton where the ECB had set up bubbles.

    The Indian Premier League has set up a bubble for players in the United Arab Emirates and similar curbs on movement will be in place with England expected to tour South Africa next month.

    “We’ve spoken about this as a team and we’ve accepted that guys will come in and out of the bubble as they feel it is affecting their mental health,” Morgan said during an online charity event.

    “I do think we will see people pull out of tours. That’s just going to be the reality of things.”

    Morgan said it was important to create an environment for players to be comfortable with making that decision.

    “I don’t think people should look down on it and they shouldn’t feel like people aren’t doing their job or not committing to their country,” the 34-year-old added.

    “That’s a reactive way of dealing with things and we want to be at the forefront of making it acceptable for people to say ‘I need to spend time with my family now and I’m taking this tour off’ just because of the extraordinary circumstances.”

    https://m.hindustantimes.com/cricket...3tEra2ouI.html
    I don't think we should be too disheartened by this, most of the players will come, the main thing is we get cricket back home and once it becomes a normality then the big stars will start coming over. Its only sport at the end of the day if one feels unsafe for whatever reason then that's their prerogative.

    Look at Dominic Cork, he was there when SL team got attacked, vowed never to return but now he is gushing with praise for the country spent time over in the PSL and loved every minute of it. Once people see it is safe mindsets will change.

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    All quiet so far.

    Nothing confirmed yet. They still havenít even decided if they will go to Pakistan.



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    All quiet so far.

    Nothing confirmed yet. They still haven’t even decided if they will go to Pakistan.
    Maybe they are waiting to see how the Zim series goes. Are SA scheduled to come before or after the Brits?


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