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Pakistan chief optimistic about England tour

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Cary Erickson | 23 May, 2020, 17:54

The global health crisis has put matches on hold in England until July 1 at the earliest while in other countries the cricket season is already over.

"We've got a lot of home series between now and then, which hopefully will all go successfully, and we'll give more confidence to the likes of Australia and England, who are due to tour in 2022".

Pakistan are also scheduled to play three Tests behind closed doors, with Australia and Ireland due to visit for limited-overs internationals.

'We were presented with a lot of the planning and detail that the European Central Bank are putting into place for this summer, especially on the operational side, right from the plane for travel to the bio-secure venues we will play in'.

"We are not going to jeopardise their health. We all want cricket to be played but not at all costs", he told Sky. We are looking at bringing about 25 players. I'd be really surprised if we can't get the Indian tour away. "We're probably about a week away from that".

According to the United Kingdom government guidelines anyone arriving from overseas will have to remain in quarantine for 14 days.

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"The ECB have said they are going to come back to us on that once they have gained clarity on what we can do during that time", Khan explained.

They will then conduct their travel to England in July, while remaining under a strict bio-secure environment throughout before returning to Pakistan at the end of August. "We'll just have to see how that goes", the under-pressure chief executive said.

The bowlers' identities have yet to be made public but the choice of venues indicates that James Anderson (Old Trafford) and Stuart Broad (Trent Bridge) will be among the leading England bowlers training at their home county grounds. "Naturally things will take their course over the next two years", he added.

"Obviously we won't jeopardise the safety of the players, but the best test of that is the West Indian and Pakistan tours of England before we're due to tour".

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