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Has PCB struck a deal with ECB? Wasim Khan explains

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan, while speaking to Sky Sports, made it clear that Pakistan will not be forcing England for a reciprocal tour following the Men in Green’s upcoming tour to the country.

According to Khan, the resumption of cricket was the utmost priority while conceding that he had been asked this question, regarding a deal for a reciprocal tour, multiple times.

“There is a lot of cricket to be played between now and 2022. I have had that question [reciprocal tour] raised a few times. Has there been a deal cut or is something going to happen? I say look the simple fact is, and this is a genuine answer, that we need to get cricket back on again,” said Khan.

The 49-year-old added that this was not the time to leverage anything while hoping that Pakistan’s future tours would proceed without any restrictions.

“Now is not the time to try and leverage anything. I think naturally things will take their course over the next two years. We have a lot of home series between now and then. Hopefully, all of them will go successfully,” he said.

“We will try to give more confidence to the likes of Australia and England who are due to tour in 2022. But this is about getting cricket back on again. The cricketers want to play. I think it is important for the global game as well that we try to bring normalcy back to playing cricket again whatever that might look like over the next six to twelve months,” Khan concluded.

As of now, the PCB is set to send a 25-man squad to England in July to meet the demands of playing an entire tour in ‘bio-secure’ conditions.

The Men in Green are set to play 3 Tests in August followed by as many Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), with the matches taking place behind closed doors as part of measures to combat the contagious Covid-19. The PCB would seek medical advice and government guidance before going on the tour.

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