England must visit Pakistan in 2022: Wasim Akram

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Citing Pakistan’s decision to visit England despite the threat of Covid-19 and high number of positive cases in the country, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram on Monday asked the English cricket authorities to fulfill their commitment to visit Pakistan in 2022 as per the planned schedule.

He said that the Pakistan Cricket Board has held up its side of the bargain, now it is time for England to do the same. “You [England] boys owe Pakistan cricket, and the country, a lot, with the boys coming over here,” said Akram.

“The English players were there for the Pakistan Super League in our team, Karachi Kings — Alex Hales and Chris Jordan,” said while speaking of the English players’ experience while playing the domestic T20 league in Pakistan.

“They loved it, they enjoyed it, they got looked after beautifully and I must give credit to the government of Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Pakistan team and their staff,” he added.

Commenting on Pakistan’s decision to visit England despite the Covid-19 threats, he said “they’ve [Pakistan cricket team] been here almost two and-a-half-months in the bio-secure [bubble]. So if everything goes well, England should tour Pakistan.”

He also assured the English side that if they choose to visit Pakistan they’ll have the best experience. “I promise you they’ll get looked after on and off the field there and every game will be a packed house.”

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Officer Wasim Khan had said that England should honor their commitment to visit Pakistan during the next two years. “England are due to tour in 2022, and we’d love to have them coming over well before then for a shorter tour,” he had said earlier this month. “It’s something that we’ll speak to the ECB about,” he added.

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