England vs Pakistan 2020: Joe Root says it would be great to play in Pakistan

Aug 18, 12:14:10 PM

© Picture Courtesy: Cric Tracker | 18 August 2020.
© Picture Courtesy: Cric Tracker | 18 August 2020.

England Test captain Joe Root fancies the idea of playing cricket in Pakistan. However, he is unsure of a suitable window as the calendar looks packed. The Three Lions haven’t played in Pakistan since the 2005/06 tour. 

A terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore led to a lengthy ban on international cricket in Pakistan. The Men in Green played the majority of the games at their ‘make-shift home’ United Arab Emirates. However, in recent years, Zimbabwe, West Indies and Bangladesh have travelled to the sub-continental country. 

"I'd love to go and visit Pakistan," Root told reporters after stumps in Southampton. England will take a 1-0 lead into the final Test match after bad weather ruled out a possible outcome at the Ageas Bowl.

"It would be a great opportunity to go and play there personally. Unfortunately, it's not my decision to make but it looks a wonderful country to go and play cricket in. The wickets look nice and flat, which will be a nice change to what we have just played on here," Root added.

The PCB had earlier voiced their hope of a return series featuring England at home. Both Pakistan and West Indies have bailed England cricket out of a major financial loss due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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