By Lawrence Booth for MailOnline
Published: 13:11 BST, 16 October 2020 | Updated: 13:24 BST, 16 October 2020
Wasim Khan, the chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has insisted his country is as 'safe as anywhere in the world' as England consider a proposal to play three Twenty20 internationals there in January.
Khan formally invited the ECB on October 12 for what would be England's first trip to Pakistan since late 2005. The games – effectively a quid pro quo for Pakistan's visit to England during the coronavirus pandemic this summer – would take place in either Karachi or Rawalpindi across four or five days between January 15 and 20. They are now dependent on whether England can fit them into their schedule and are satisfied by security arrangements.
'I've been speaking to [ECB chief executive] Tom Harrison for a period of time,' Khan told Sportsmail. 'We're hopeful, but we're waiting for the next steps. There are a number of conditions that need to be in place, and we understand they will need certainty.
England have been invited to Pakistan for what would be their first trip there since 2005
'We're as safe as anywhere in the world. At the Pakistan Super League, we had 37 overseas players in total, and 13 of them were from England. They were here for four or five weeks. And in mid-November, we're playing the remaining four PSL matches: two of the four teams will have their full quota