By Lawrence Booth for the Daily Mail
Published: 20:58 BST, 15 October 2020 | Updated: 20:58 BST, 15 October 2020
England could be in line for a momentous first visit to Pakistan in over 15 years if ambitious plans for a three-match Twenty20 series in January go ahead.
The trip would be a thank you from English cricket after the Pakistanis came to the UK this summer in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
And with Joe Root’s Test side scheduled to revisit Sri Lanka that month to fulfil a two-match series postponed in March, it could mean England have two teams on the road at the same time.
England could be in line for a momentous first visit to Pakistan in over 15 years
The ECB still need to consider several factors, including an already packed schedule, security concerns, player welfare and biosecure bubble protocols. One source last night suggested the trip ‘could be a step too far’.
But in official statement, the board confirmed they had received an invitation from their Pakistani counterparts ‘in respect of a short white-ball tour to Pakistan during the early part of 2021’.
The statement continued: ‘We welcome the fact that international cricket is returning to Pakistan and are committed to doing what we can to help this develop further. We will be liaising with the PCB, as well as other partners over the coming weeks to work through the considerations, before a final decision will be taken in due course.’
Ehsan Mani, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, told Sportsmail in July that he wanted England to visit his country, since when his chief executive Wasim Khan has been in contact with the ECB.