Pakistan cricket plan for busy 2022

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Imam-Ul-Haq of Pakistan (3rd R) celebrates with Fakhar Zaman after taking the catch to dismiss Quinton de Kock of South Africa during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Pakistan and South Africa at Lords on June 23, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

After almost a decade of not hosting any home Tests due to a terrorist attack on a rival team’s bus in 2009, Pakistan say they are ready to welcome major cricketing nations like South Africa, New Zealand, England and West Indies in 2021.

“We’re working hugely in terms of building relationships, nurturing those relationships with (other) cricket boards,” Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board, told The Associated Press.

South Africa are due to visit Pakistan in January to play a two-Test series which is part of world Test championship, followed by three Twenty20s.

New Zealand are pencilled in for three ODIs and five T20s in September, followed by two T20s against England at Karachi. It will be England’s first tour to Pakistan since 2005.

The PCB also have plans for a home series against the West Indies in December.

“We have a chock-a-block eight to 10 months coming up for us playing at home,” Khan said. “We’re also in discussions with Cricket Australia. They’re due to be touring during the 2022 season, we’re looking at them coming for an extended period of time.”

When Sri Lanka’s team bus came under a terrorist attack in March 2009, the doors of international cricket remained shut on Pakistan until Zimbabwe became the first Test-playing nation to play limited-overs series at Lahore in 2015.

A bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricketers, part of a larger convoy, was fired upon by 12 gunmen near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The cricketers were on their way to play the third day of the second Test against Pakistan.