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Wasim Akram insists England owe Pakistan a return tour in 2022
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Wasim Akram insists England owe Pakistan a return tour in 2022

Wasim Akram has urged England to honour their pledge of a planned visit to Pakistan in 2022 as a gesture of gratitude for the ongoing tour amid the coronavirus pandemic.

England's last tour of Pakistan came in 2005/06, long before any player in the current Pakistan line-up had made their debut on the international level.

With the gradual resumption of international cricket in Pakistan in recent years and the successful staging of the Tests against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, it is likely that other top-tier sides would fulfil their promise of touring the country.

Pakistan are engaged in a three-Test series in England, which follows a similar contest between West Indies and the hosts that marked international cricket's return from lockdown.

Both teams have been instrumental in sparing the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) heavy losses if their scheduled matches had been cancelled due to the virus crisis.

"You [England] boys owe Pakistan cricket, and the country, a lot, with the boys coming over here," legendary pacer Akram told Sky Sports.

Akram asked the English players who took part in this year's edition of the Pakistan Super League to convince the ECB to send their national side to the South Asian nation as well.

"The English players were there for the Pakistan Super League in our team, Karachi Kings –- Alex Hales and Chris Jordan," the former skipper said.

"They loved it, they enjoyed it, they got looked after beautifully and I must give credit to the government of Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Pakistan team and their staff."

The England-Pakistan series involves both squads staying in "bio-secure" bubbles to ensure minimum chance of exposure to the virus.

This arrangement has seen teams residing in onsite hotels located in the stadiums and playing matches in the absence of spectators.

"They've been here almost two and-a-half-months in the bio-secure [bubble]. So if everything goes well, England should tour Pakistan," Akram added.

"I promise you they'll get looked after on and off the field there and every game will be a packed house."

Earlier this month, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan had proposed a short tour from England even before their 2022 trip.

He felt this would send out a strong message regarding the improved security situation in Pakistan and help quench the thirst of cricket-starved fans back home.

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

"It's something that we'll speak to the ECB about."