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Pakistan ready to host top cricketing nations in 2021

Islamabad: After nearly a decade of hosting no home test matches due to a terrorist attack on a rival team”s bus in 2009, Pakistan says it”s 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 is 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 is penciled in for three ODIs and five Twenty20s in September, followed by two Twenty20s against England at Karachi. It will be England”s first tour to Pakistan since 2005.

The PCB has also plans a home series against West Indies in December.

“We have a chock-a-block eight to 10 months coming up for us on the road 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.

Six Pakistan police officers and two civilians were killed and six members of the Sri Lanka team were wounded. The rest of the test match and tour was called off.

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