Faisal Iqbal Says Pakistan Will 'Welcome England With Open Arms'

Faisal Iqbal Says Pakistan Will ‘Welcome England With Open Arms’

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Faisal Iqbal says Pakistan will welcome England with open arms. Former Pakistan batsman Faisal Iqbal says Pakistan will be happy if England decides to tour their country. Pakistan Cricket Board’s chief executive Wasim Khan is hopeful that England will play a T20I bilateral series prior to their scheduled visit in the year 2022.

England head coach Chris Silverwood has also shown excitement towards the prospect of a future tour. England have not played in Pakistan since 2005-2006. Faisal noted that it will be one of the biggest series to be held in Pakistan for a long time.

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Faisal Iqbal reacted as England may tour Pakistan:

“Great news we will look forward to [welcoming] you guys,” Faisal Iqbal said on Twitter.

Well, Pakistan travelled to England amidst the coronavirus pandemic and there are talks that a reciprocal series will take place anytime soon.

There was a terror attack in the Sri Lankan bus carrying cricketers in 2009 killing several policemen and a few citizens.

The cricketers escaped narrowly but were hurt, following which the other test playing nations refused to tour Pakistan.

However, after a decade, Sri Lanka toured the nation for a short test series, but Pakistan already has suffered huge losses by not getting many chances to host other nations.

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Cross border tension and terrorist attacks in India means that there is no bilateral series involving arch-rivals India and Pakistan. India last toured Pakistan in 2007 and the last bilateral series between the two was played in 2013 in India. India and Pakistan face each other only in ICC events like World Cup, Champions Trophy, T20I World Cups and Asia Cups.

First Test Report between England and Pakistan at Manchester:

In the ongoing first test of the three-test series between England and Pakistan, both teams have a chance to win. In Manchester, replying to Pakistan’s 326, England were all out for 219, but Pakistan have lost eight wickets already for 137 runs and have a lead of 244 runs going into the fourth day’s play.

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Pakistan opener Masood scored 156 in Pakistan’s first innings and Yasir Shah took 4 wickets in England’s first innings, but England came back strongly. Broad, Woakes and Stokes took 2 wickets each as none of the batsmen could cross even 30 runs.

The second and third test is scheduled at the same venue — Southampton. Pakistan are also due to play three T20Is at Manchester following commencement of the Test series.

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