Security team

ECB security team visits NSK ahead of England tour

KARACHI: A security delegation from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) visited Karachi National Stadium on Tuesday and held a meeting with Sindh government and key security agencies to assess the situation ahead of the tour England’s scheduled for a seven-match T20 International series, to be held in September-October.

The delegation consisting of Richard Snowball, Robert Lynch, John Carr and Reg Dickason, also attended a briefing by the Sindh Government Home Ministry and Security Agencies here at the NSK, which is expected to host the bulk of the series.

The series will also mark the start of preparations for the ICC T20 World Cup to be hosted by Australia later this year.

The delegation also inspected various areas of the NSK, which also hosted a test match between Pakistan and Australia earlier this year.

The delegation was due to leave for Multan on Tuesday. The security team will also inspect the facilities at Multan Stadium and Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The possible locations of the very important series will be finalized after the delegation’s final report which it will submit to the ECB.

England were due to tour Pakistan last year for five T20Is, but the tour was canceled by the English Council citing the mental wellbeing of its cricketers. The ECB’s decision came at a time when New Zealand had canceled its tour due to security threats while in Pakistan.

This is the first time England will play a T20 series against Pakistan in Pakistan.

England last visited Pakistan in 2000–01 for a three-game Test series and the same number of ODIs.

The series, if organized, will help both teams prepare for the ICC T20 World Cup. After the World Cup, England will also come to Pakistan for a series of tests.