We Either Play In Pakistan Or We Won’t Play: Mani On England’s 2022 Tour
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England’s 2022 tour of Pakistan won’t take place at a neutral venue said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani on Friday. England is currently scheduled to play three Tests and five ODIs in Pakistan in 2022.

Pointing towards international cricket matches that were held in Pakistan in the last couple of years, Mani said the country remains safe for sports.

“I don’t think there will be any reason for England not to come,” Mani was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. “I’m very clear that we won’t play in third countries. We either play in Pakistan or we won’t play.”

Test cricket recently returned to Pakistan after a decade following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009 as Bangladesh travelled to the country earlier this year.

In 2019, Pakistan played a T20I series against ICC’s World XI while West Indies and Sri Lanka also took part in respective T20I series in the country. Mani stated international players who took part in such series did’t have any problems during their stay in the country.

“Pakistan is safe,” Mani added. “For some teams that have come we have had very tight security, like you would have for a head of state.

“By the time the MCC came, they wanted to get out and play golf. They went sightseeing, they went to restaurants.

“We’ve got two years before England come and I hope by then things have settled down and there will be more freedom of movement,” he added.

(With agency inputs)