In an interview with PakPassion.net, Imad Wasim has said there is no reason why England should not tour Pakistan by the end of 2022.
Pakistan travelled to the UK for Test and T20I series’ against England earlier this summer amid the global health crisis, with players spending long periods in bio-secure bubbles to ensure the matches could be played.
Wasim Akram then said that England should return the favour as soon as possible, while England captain Joe Root said he would love the opportunity to play in the country for the first time.
Within that context, PCB CEO, Wasim Khan, recently claimed that England, Australia and New Zealand had all stated their intention to tour by the end of 2022.
Now, white-ball star Imad Wasim has weighed in, saying he believes a ‘memorable tour’ is imminent.
“International cricket has been revived and is now back for good in Pakistan, which is fantastic news for the players, the Pakistan Cricket Board and for fans,” he told PakPassion.net.
“The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been played entirely in Pakistan this year very successfully, and some of the English players played in Pakistan during the PSL. So, I see no reason at all why England cannot tour Pakistan.
“They are a big team, one of the world’s strongest teams in all formats and are very entertaining too. I am certain that the crowds who have been starved of international cricket in Pakistan in recent times will love to see them playing in local stadiums.
“I am hopeful that the tour will happen and we are really looking forward to welcoming them to Pakistan, hosting them and to provide them with great facilities to make it a memorable tour for all.”
The return of international cricket to Pakistan following the attack on the Sri Lanka bus in Lahore in 2009 has been an understandably slow process.
However, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh both completed successful tours prior to the onset of the global health crisis and Zimbabwe are due to play ODIs and T20Is in the country across October and November.
The PCB have a task on their hands regarding the creation of suitable bio-secure bubbles but should the visit of the Chevrons go smoothly, there’s every chance negotiations with the ECB will begin in earnest.
Imad Wasim played all three of the T20Is between the two nations this summer before staying on to play for Notts Outlaws in the T20 Blast.