England captain Roth loves touring Pakistan

Published:19 August 2020

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England captain Joe Root said he was “very willing” to play in Pakistan, but was not sure when he could find this space in the crowded schedule before the planned 2022 tour.

Since 2005/06, England has never played in Pakistan. The 2009 attack by armed militants on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore ended a decade of major cricket tournaments, and Pakistan subsequently played most of the "home" games in the United Arab Emirates.

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

In the second round of testing in Southampton on Monday, Pakistan was delayed by England's three-game winning streak and fell behind 1-0. Earlier this month, Old Trafford lost three straight.

"I would love to visit Pakistan," Root told reporters after the wreckage of the Ageas Bowl, in response to England coach Chris Silverwood's recent comments.

‘This will be a good opportunity to go there in person. Unfortunately, this is not my decision, but going to cricket seems to be a great country.

The top batsman added: "The wickets look flat. This will be a nice change to the game we just played here."

When it was a visitor from Sri Lanka in December, the test cricket returned to Pakistan.

Gen said: "At the end of last year, when the test cricket was there, you would see the emotions of everyone returning to Pakistan."

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"In addition, talking to some players, what this means to them, they are also very happy to be able to play in Pakistan."

Earlier this month, Wasim Khan, CEO of the Pakistan Cricket Committee, expressed his hope that the United Kingdom would be able to tour before 2022.

Khan, a former British cricket batsman who was born in Birmingham, said: "We hope to get them over early before the short trip. We will talk to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).) About. '

But Root is cautious about how to add more equipment to the international plan that is still struggling with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “Due to COVID, we already have such a busy schedule and need to carry out a backlog of work. This will be a very interesting thing.”

The current campaign will also be held in Southampton on Friday, also the third test. Last month's England-West Indies series marked the return of international cricket from a locked state.

The West Indies and Pakistan, among the poorer test countries, were praised for traveling to the UK, which was hit hard by the COVID-19 epidemic and helped the European Central Bank avoid an estimated £280 million (US$366 million) Loss of the originally scheduled game disappeared due to a health crisis.

In order to keep the game in the virus and to create a biosafety bubble, both groups of tourists were restricted to hotel accommodations in Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford in Manchester.

Pakistan’s great Wasim Akram told Sky Sports on Sunday: “You (England) boys owe Pakistan cricket. There is a lot of this country and the boys are here.”