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PCB chief executive Wasim Khan asks England to tour Pakistan before 2022
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PCB chief executive Wasim Khan asks England to tour Pakistan before 2022

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan wants England to embark on a shorter tour to the South Asian country before their scheduled trip in 2022.

Wasim's comments come amidst the backdrop of Pakistan visiting England for a Test and T20I series during the coronavirus pandemic that has meant travel restrictions for various nations.

England last toured Pakistan in 2005/06 before the horrific terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore 11 years ago forced the PCB to host international sides in the UAE.

In recent years, competitive cricket has gradually resumed in Pakistan including the long-awaited return of Tests against the likes of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The unfinished Pakistan Super League earlier this year was also staged in its entirety in the host country.

"England are due to tour in 2022, and we'd love to have them coming over well before then for a shorter tour," Khan told Sky Sports on Wednesday.

"It's something that we'll speak to the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) about," he added.

Khan recently talked about the challenges involved in sending Pakistan's extended line-up for the tour given the Covid-19 crisis which has engulfed the world.

He said going ahead with the England series was the "right thing to do" for the sake of international cricket.

Khan's suggestions were welcomed by England coach Chris Silverwood, who believed convincing the players to travel to Pakistan would not be extremely tough since some Englishmen have taken part in the PSL.

"I think we are getting there," Silverwood said in an online interaction with the media.

"Personally, I would have no problem with that. I've never been to Pakistan so it would be nice to go there."

"I know our batsmen would look forward to batting on their wickets," he added jokingly.

"For me, it's great that it's back at the top of the conversation."

Ahead of the Pakistan-England series, West Indies skipper Jason Holder also remarked about England reciprocating the series against the Caribbean side with a tour to the region later this year in order to revive their board financially.