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Misbah hopes England cricket crew will tour Pakistan ‘quickly’

Pakistan coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq. — AFP/File

SOUTHAMPTON: Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq stated he hoped England would tour the nation “soon” after his aspect travelled to Britain through the coronavirus pandemic.

England haven’t visited Pakistan since 2005/06. An assault by armed militants on Sri Lanka’s crew bus in Lahore in 2009 ended main cricket excursions for a decade.

But different international locations have since made the journey, with England scheduled to return in 2022.

Pakistan Cricket Board chief govt Wasim Khan has urged England to tour even earlier than then and Misbah, in a column for the PCB’s web site printed Wednesday, stated: “Looking into the future, we would really appreciate England visiting Pakistan soon.”

He identified the perimeters that had toured lately, together with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and stated quite a lot of England gamers had appeared within the Pakistan Super League, a Twenty20 competitors.

“Players from all over the world now know about the levels of security Pakistan can provide and how much they will be welcomed,” stated Misbah, who can also be Pakistan’s chief selector.

A draw within the third Test at Southampton condemned Pakistan to a 1-Zero collection loss on Tuesday forward of a three-match Twenty20 collection beginning later this week in Manchester, which will even be performed behind closed doorways.

Pakistan and the West Indies, who performed a three-Test collection in England final month, are two of cricket’s financially poorer main worldwide sides.

Yet they’ve helped spare the England and Wales Cricket Board losses that might have run into tons of of thousands and thousands of kilos.

“The whole cricket community needs to support each other — that’s the only way to promote the game and bring joy to fans and cricket lovers,” stated Misbah as he thanked the ECB for his or her hospitality.

‘Amazing Anderson’

The glorious rapport between the perimeters was underlined when England’s James Anderson, quickly after changing into the primary paceman to take 600 Test wickets, discovered time to speak to Pakistan left-arm fast Shaheen Afridi on Tuesday’

“It was great to see Shaheen having the chance to talk about bowling with Jimmy Anderson after the Test had finished,” stated Misbah.

“Anderson’s achievement of reaching 600 Test wickets is amazing. He has shown exceptional discipline, motivation and determination because fast bowling is the toughest job in cricket,” the previous Pakistan captain added.

It was Pakistan’s first Test collection loss to England in a decade however Misbah was happy with the “fight” his aspect demonstrated after an agonising defeat within the opening match at Old Trafford.

He reserved explicit reward for Pakistan captain Azhar Ali who, after managing simply 38 runs within the first two Tests, responded with 141 not out within the collection finale.

“He was under a lot of pressure but he showed great character and mental strength,” stated Misbah.

“That innings saved the sport for us. Any batsman scoring 100 is all the time particular however that innings was further particular as a result of Azhar had labored so arduous.

“Finally, every single ball thrown to him, everything we did together had paid off.”

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