England captain Root 'would love' to tour Pakistan
England have not played in Pakistan since 2005/06. An attack by armed militants on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in 2009 ended major cricket tours for a decade, with Pakistan playing the majority of their subsequent 'home' matches in the United Arab Emirates.
But Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, West Indies and Bangladesh have all since made the trip to Pakistan.
"It would be a great opportunity to go and play there personally. Unfortunately, it's not my decision to make but it looks a wonderful country to go and play cricket in.
"The wickets look nice and flat, which will be a nice change to what we have just played on here," the top-order batsman added.
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Test cricket returned to Pakistan in December, when Sri Lanka were the visitors.
"Also, speaking to a few of the players, how much it meant to them as well and they really appreciated being able to play back in Pakistan too."
"We'd love to have them coming over well before then for a shorter tour," said Khan, a Birmingham-born former batsman in English county cricket. "It's something that we'll speak to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about."
But Root was wary about how additional fixtures could be added to an international programme still struggling with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
"We've such a busy schedule already with backlogging due to COVID, it will be interesting to see how that would work," he said.
The current campaign, which sees the third Test, also at Southampton, start on Friday, follows last month's England-West Indies series that marked international cricket's return from lockdown.
Both the West Indies and Pakistan, among the poorer Test nations, have been praised for travelling to Britain, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, and helping spare the ECB an estimated £280 million ($366 million) loss if their scheduled matches were wiped out by the health crisis.
In order for the matches to proceed amid the virus, both sets of tourists have been restricted to onsite hotels at the Ageas Bowl and Manchester's Old Trafford in a bid to create a bio-secure bubble.