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England players to have option of opting out of proposed Pakistan tour should they have safety fears  The ECB is considering a brief tour to Pakistan next year for a Twenty20 series  Pakistan were one of four teams to visit the UK this year during the pandemic  England have not toured Pakistan for 15 years due to security concerns

By Richard Gibson for the Daily Mail

Published: 23:57 BST, 18 October 2020 | Updated: 23:57 BST, 18 October 2020

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England's players will be given the opportunity to opt out of the proposed tour of Pakistan early next year should they harbour safety fears.

As with all international tours, individuals retain the right to withdraw without prejudice in light of lingering reservations, even after the ECB's security advisers have given the green light.

World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan - who would be expected to lead the side in three Twenty20 internationals in the opening days of January - declined to travel to Bangladesh on that basis in 2016.

England's players will be given the opportunity to opt out of the proposed tour of Pakistan

England's players will be given the opportunity to opt out of the proposed tour of Pakistan

An ECB spokesperson confirmed that the same protocols remain in place but stressed that discussions with the Pakistan Cricket Board regarding the invite to send an England

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