England considering invitation to tour Pakistan in early 2021

England's captain Eoin Morgan left reacts after hitting a boundary during the second Twenty20 cricket match between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester on August 30. — AP  File

The Pakistan series would be in addition to existing arrangements.

That prompted Pakistan great Wasim Akram to say in August: "You (England) boys owe Pakistan cricket, and the country, a lot, with the boys coming over here".

Sri Lanka, West Indies and a World XI all played T20s before Sri Lanka undertook a full tour in 2019.

It added that factors like proposed protocols in relation to COVID-19 bio-secure bubbles, levels of security around the team, and the feasibility of undertaking a tour against the backdrop of an already busy schedule would be considered.

England could make a long-awaited return to Pakistan this winter, with talks between the European Central Bank and PCB well underway over a short T20 series in January 2021.

"We welcome the fact that global cricket is returning to Pakistan and are committed to doing what we can to help this develop further", European Central Bank said in a release.

We will be liaising with the PCB, as well as other partners over the coming weeks to work through the considerations, before a final decision will be taken in due course'.

A domestic cricketer participating in the ongoing T20 National Cup in Pakistan has been contacted for fix and that cricketer has passed this information on to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Pakistan toured England in summer 2020, playing in three Test matches and three Twenty20s.

An attack by armed militants on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in 2009 ended major cricket tours for a decade. They would not host global cricket again for six years. But, with India still unable to visit because of political instability, the PCB are desperate for the likes of England, Australia and South Africa to visit, and for the much-needed TV revenue they would bring.

Not since 2005 have England toured Pakistan, but both governing bodies have expressed their desire for matches to take place in the immediate future.

Pakistan has already invited Cricket South Africa to send its team in January-February next year to play two Tests and a three-T20 series.

But England had a dry run of sorts this summer, since their Test and white-ball teams inhabited different biosecure bubbles at Emirates Old Trafford and the Ageas Bowl.

"Yes, we have now sent an official invitation to the European Central Bank inviting them to send their team and have also created a window between 13 and 20 January to play the three T20 series", Khan told a Pakistani channel.

A trip to Pakistan, though, would be a different venture altogether.