Misbah-ul-Haq is calling out cricket rivals to tour Pakistan

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Misbah-ul-Haq said these are the times when the cricket world needs mutual support.© AFP


Pakistani cricket coach Misbah-ul-Haq urged more countries to travel across the country, saying on Monday that the sport needs “mutual support” to recover from the coronavirus crisis. His call-up comes just a week after Pakistan ended a tour of England, where they played three Tests and as many Twenty20 internationals in empty stadiums. During the trip, the squad spent two months in a bio-safe environment after several players tested positive for Covid-19 before the trip. Even before the pandemic, Pakistan struggled to attract itinerant teams after militants attacked Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore in 2009.

However, security has improved and last year Pakistan took on Sri Lanka in what was its first home test in ten years.

Misbah said he hoped teams like England would consider traveling to Pakistan as the global sport slowly returns after months of inactivity.

“Our trip to England was important for both countries,” Misbah told a press conference in the eastern city of Lahore.

“It was also important to support the cricket world in general and English cricket in particular in these testing times of Covid-19.

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“Pakistan also deserves similar support from other countries. These are times when the cricket world needs mutual support.”

Last week, Ian Watmore, Chairman of the English and Wales Cricket Board, said England should “definitely” tour Pakistan, provided it is safe to do so.

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