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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani is hopeful that England will agree to tour Pakistan in 2022.
Mani will meet England Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves in Dubai this month to discuss the matter.
Pakistan have been playing a majority of their home series in the United Arab Emirates since many teams are concerned about the security situation in the country.
However, with teams like Sri Lanka and the West Indies having played in Pakistan as of late, Mani made it clear that he will do everything in his power to try and convince England to do the same in 2022.
“I expect England will be totally open discussing it further, but there’s a whole process they have to go through,” Mani told Telegraph Sport. “When we play our next home series against England, they’ll have sufficient time to carry out their own assessment. I would never ever consider inviting someone unless it was absolutely safe for them.
“They will carry out their own assessments. We’ll talk to them about any concerns they have, if any, and how we can deal with those, before any formal invitations go out. Everyone has to be comfortable.”
Pakistan are now hoping that Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will tour the country in the next 12 months. Should this happen, Mani feels it will go a long way in showing other international teams that it is safe to play cricket in Pakistan.
“People’s perceptions have to be changed,” he said. “People have to see for themselves what the ground realities are and obviously a security assessment has to be done. These things don’t happen overnight but we’re working with a number of boards to try and get the message across.”