Pakistan will engage in 10 bilateral rounds next year in addition to the T20 World Cup mission, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said.
Mani said in a podcast that Pakistan have lined up 10 bilateral series in the new year and will play around nine tests, 20 ODIs and 39 T20 matches as there will be no shortage of cricket for players.
“New Zealand is coming before the T20 World Cup. Then England will play two T20 matches and both teams will then leave for the event in India, ”he said.
Mani said South Africa sent its delegation to Pakistan to assess Covid-19 protocols and security arrangements and that they agreed to send their team in January for two tests and three T20 matches.
According to the details, New Zealand will first come in September-October to play three ODIs and three T20 internationals before heading to the World Cup.
On the day the New Zealand side leave for India, England will reach Pakistan for their two T20 matches. Mani said the council was totally behind the national team management of head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq, coaches, Waqar Younis and Younis Khan and support staff.
“I don’t think we can have better management and better support staff.” “We have the best and it can’t be better. We have also started to integrate former elite players into our high performance center and national cricketers. Mani also said the board realized that Misbah could only work with the resources available and that the overall selection was fair.
“Misbah is not alone; he has the backing of Waqar and Younis Khan and all of them are people who have played and done well all over for Pakistan.
The CCP chief also clarified that Pakistan had received no financial benefit from sending its team to England this summer, but it was a decision taken after careful consideration in the interests of world cricket in the pandemic.
He also said that the England Cricket Board had approached the CCP itself for the short tour of Pakistan and that the decision to hold the series later in the year was taken to ensure that the full English squad of forces come to Pakistan.
“All of these positive things are only possible when the board leadership is professional.” Mani also said the council is working on methods to slowly allow crowds to return to matches in the coming days.