Pope praised Pakistan’s security after chatting with several T20I players who visited the country earlier this year.
Test player Ollie Pope and England cricket team managing director Rob Key are confident about Pakistan’s security ahead of the historic tour later in December.
According to Sky Sports, Key reaffirmed that there are no reservations about the Pakistan tour, and he is looking forward to the first Test in Rawalpindi beginning on December 1.
“From what I have heard so far, everything will go ahead. The one I trust in such a situation is Reg Dickason, our security advisor. All the players trust him because he has been around for a very long time. I’m not hearing anything from him to suggest that the tour won’t go ahead. We will be playing that first Test match and are looking forward to it,” said Key.
“It will be a historic tour. I loved the T20 series when I was out there; the security was as good as I have seen. So, we have got no worries and concerns,” he added.
In the meantime, Pope praised Pakistan’s security after chatting with several T20I players who visited Pakistan earlier this year.
“I think it will go ahead. I have been chatting with the T20 guys, and their security made them feel incredibly safe. We trust the guys at the top of the ECB and the security guys, and we will back their decision,” the 24-year-old said.
Initially, it was believed that the first Test might be shifted to Karachi due to a political party’s march into Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The second Test will take place at Multan beginning on Friday, December 9, while the final Test will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi beginning on Saturday, December 17.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood and Zahid Mehmood.
England: Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes (wk), Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Jamie Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, and Mark.