AkasnhLAST UPDATED: Aug. 6, 2020, 2:38 p.m.
Manchester: Chris Silverwood, the head coach of England cricket team said that his team is ready for a tour to Pakistan.
Chris said this to media after the end of Day 1 of the first Test match against Pakistan, which is being played at Old Trafford, Manchester.
"I think we are getting there. I would have no problem with that. I've never been to Pakistan so it would be nice to go and have a look. I know our batsmen would look forward to batting on their wickets. For me, it's great that it's back at top of the conversation," Silverwood said.
Bangladesh was the last team to tour Pakistan for a three-match Test series in February. But the tour was called off amid the coronavirus crisis after the first Test.
In 2009, the bus carrying the Sri Lankan team was attacked by terrorists in Lahore, Pakistan. After that, all international teams had refraining from traveling to Pakistan for the next several years.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the country's government tried hard to bring international cricket back to Pakistan, but they failed for the next 7 years.
In 2015, Zimbabwe became the first international team to travel Pakistan after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team and then a string of international teams touring Pakistan started. Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe are the only teams to travel Pakistan since 2009.
PCB wants a return favour from ECB
PCB chief Wasim Khan has reportedly told England Cricket Board (ECB) officials that they should send a team to tour Pakistan which may help the process of bringing international cricket back to the south Asian country.
The PCB chief reportedly said that the Pakistan team had traveled to the UK during by staking their lives during the current critical situation due to the coronavirus pandemic. Britain is the epicenter of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak in Europe.
"England is due to tour in 2022, and we'd love to have them coming over well before then a shorter tour It's something that we'll speak to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about," Wasim Khan told Sky Sports.
England last traveled Pakistan in 2005 when Pakistan crushed the English side 2-0. Since then England only visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to play against Pakistan.