England head coach Chris Silverwood has has “no problem” in touring Pakistan for a short T20 series if it can be managed ahead of the side’s scheduled visit to the country in 2022. England cricket team have avoided touring to Pakistan since 2005 due to security concerns, but now the England and Wales cricket board is open to visiting Pakistan in two years time.
He seems to be hinting that things are on a course of a reciprocal tour, saying England batsmen are raring to have a go at the placid wickets in Pakistan. Pakistan are touring England on a three-match test series in Manchester and Southampton. The first match is currently going on at Manchester with Pakistan batting after winning the toss.
We Are Looking To Get Back There: Chris Silverwood
England head coach in an interview with Sky Sports on the first test in Manchester, said they are looking to go on a tour to Pakistan before the scheduled trip of 2022.
“For me it’s great that it’s a topic of conversation again. We are looking to get back there. Personally, I’d have no problem going,”
I’ve never been so it would be nice to go and have a look. And I know our batsmen are looking forward to batting on their wickets. We are getting there (in terms of planning),” he said.
Chris Silverwood’s comments came after the Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan requested the ECB to consider sending a T20 team to Pakistan ahead of their next scheduled visit in 2022.
Pakistan vs England Test 1 Manchester
A rain-affected day 1, Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat. England skipper Joe Root admitted he would’ve done the same looking at the conditions.
Babar Azam who looked in good form was dismissed by James Anderson at 69 runs. Opener Shan Masood and wicket-keep Mohammad Rizwan on the crease for the struggling Pakistan side, who’ve lost 4 wickets into day 2.