‘There is huge will from ECB to play in Pakistan’ CEO PCB Wasim Khan

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Rawalpindi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Wasim Khan is quite confident that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will accept the invitation of touring Pakistan early next year.

Wasim wrote to the ECB to tour Pakistan for three T20Is in January 2021 and clarified that there is no deal made as Pakistan toured England recently for three Tests and as many T20Is and lived in a bio-secure bubble.

“I wrote to them on October 12th, (on behalf of the PCB) inviting them to come. ECB released the statement yesterday too and now we are waiting for the formal announcement,” Wasim said in a video released by PCB.

“There was no deal struck when we went to England in July. There is a huge will from them to come and make this tour happen because they know the importance of this for the global game but also for the cricket in Pakistan,” he added.

Read: ECB welcomes PCB’s invitation for three T20Is in January 2021

Wasim further said that they have a good relationship with ECB and for this tour, there has been constant communication. “The talks have held from chairman to chairman, CEO to CEO, the UK High Commissioner has done a great job in helping us. We are quietly confident at the moment and we will support ECB in all of their assessments regarding security and COVID situation,” he maintained.

He termed the current bio-secure bubble created by the PCB for the National T20 Cup as ‘the testament’ for the upcoming international tours.

“We need to understand that countries like England have huge infrastructure and it’s very easy to implement a bio-secure bubble. We tried to learn from them and implement here in Rawalpindi according to our capabilities and make sure that we can satisfy Zimbabwe, South Africa and ultimately England,” he added.

Wasim further revealed that he is enjoying the National T20 Cup. “The tournament has been amazing and the emergence of young players is the most filling part. We have seen some exceptional teams and individual performances,” he maintained.

Read more: South Africa, New Zealand, Australia also lined up to tour Pakistan: Wasim Khan

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