Despite the continuing coronavirus pandemic leading to India pulling out of fixtures in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, Pakistan are set to observe West Indies in touring England for 3 Tests and Twenty20s between August and September having named a 29-man squad on Friday.
West Indies arrived in England earlier this week forward of Tests that can happen at bio-secure venues in Southampton and Manchester, and the Pakistan sequence seems prone to observe an identical format.
Even although the contests will seemingly be staged behind closed doorways, they’ll nonetheless be profitable to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), with West Indies and Pakistan prepared to tour a rustic nonetheless grappling with COVID-19.
That has raised recommendations that Pakistan have solely determined to journey with the proviso England go to their nation in future, one thing they haven’t completed because the assault on the Sri Lanka crew bus in Lahore in 2009.
“It is not in our minds that we are coming and keeping in view something that the ECB has to do for us in return,” Pakistan head coach Misbah stated.
Pakistan’s most profitable captain with 26 Test wins
Oldest captain to attain a Test century
Equaled the document for the then quickest Test ton in 2014
Happy birthday to the unimaginable Misbah-ul-Haq pic.twitter.com/YuE2axKKXD
— ICC (@ICC) May 28, 2020
“At the second the PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board] is simply excited about the restart of worldwide cricket. That is essential to us, to get the gamers again on the bottom.
“Obviously, in an even bigger image, we aren’t anticipating something in return. Overall we would like not simply the ECB however all cricketing nations to assist one another so this recreation can develop. It’s necessary for the cricket followers in Pakistan and in addition for Pakistan cricket that international locations begin touring Pakistan.”
The prospect of taking part in in empty stadiums is one few international locations all over the world have expertise of.
However, having staged ‘residence’ Tests in entrance of sparsely populated stadiums within the United Arab Emirates because the Lahore assault, Misbah believes Pakistan shall be higher ready than most when cricket resumes.
“Nobody understands it higher than us as a result of we performed rather more cricket than some other crew on the earth with empty stadiums within the UAE,” he stated.
“Obviously in an even bigger image, if we need to resume worldwide cricket, we now have to start out it from someplace.”
Misbah additionally stated he hoped for the most effective for ex-Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi after the latter revealed on Twitter that he had examined constructive for coronavirus.
“My prayers are with him, all properly needs with him that he will get out of this quickly,” Misbah added.
“Throughout the COVID scenario he was serving to the poor, doing an excellent job. I believe he was doing a number of work within the space of Balochistan and the northern areas simply to assist the folks.”
Get breaking information alerts.
You have already subscribed