LAHORE - British Prime Minister David Cameron Thursday wished Pakistan cricket team good luck and wanted England team to visit Pakistan soon.

In his message to Pakistan team players and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the British Prime Minister said: “I hope that the day is not too far away, when I can be wishing the England cricket team a successful tour of Pakistan."

"A tour of England by Pakistan cricket team is always a cause for celebration. We will, of course, see some fabulous cricket. But it is also a time to celebrate the wider historical, cultural and community links between our two great cricketing nations,” he added.

In his message to Pakistan team and PCB officials on Iftaar dinner hosted by British High Commission at British Council Library, he further stated: “As you break your fast together this evening, on the eve of your departure to the United Kingdom, I send you my best wishes for the holy month of Ramazan. And I wish both men and women's teams a fabulous stay in Britain this summer. I look forward to some great cricket.”

He also clarified that he wanted home side to win the series. “While I obviously want the home side to win, my main hope is for an enjoyable tour where the cricket does the talking. I want to wish the best of luck to Pakistan in all formats of cricket - in the upcoming Test, the one-day series and a T20 international,” he concluded.

Sharing his views at the iftaar dinner, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said: “It is indeed most thoughtful of the British High Commissioner HE Thomas Drew to have hosted the Pakistan team immediately prior to its departure for England. Cricketing relations between England and Pakistan have always been characterized by great and highly entertaining rivalry. From its first tour after its recognition, Pakistan’s most memorable Test victory at the Oval gave the then nascent nation its first cricketing super star in Fazal Mahmood.”

“The upstart babe of cricket then not only held its own by drawing the maiden Test rubber but also became the only nation until now to have bested England in the mother country on its first tour. “Team manager Intikhab Alam, who having skippered Pakistan on 1971 and 1974 tours and having represented Surrey for decades on end, is no stranger to England. The team is indeed backed by a support staff second to none,” he added.  About the team performance during the England tour, the PCB chief said: “I am positive that the squad assembled here tonight under Misbah-ul-Haq shall give a good account of itself on the forthcoming tour, not only on the field of play but also in terms of winning friends through impeccable display of grace and sportsmanship.

“To Misbah and his charges, I would say, play hard, giving no quarter to England for under Alastair Cook they are too good an outfit to not make you regret it. I would also exhort to you all to follow the best traditions of the game. I thank British High Commissioner HE Thomas Drew and his staff for their hospitality and thoughtfulness,” he added.

PCB executive committee chairman Najam Sethi, while sharing his views, termed the Iftaar dinner fabulous one and hoped similar welcome would be accorded to Pakistan team there in England.

“Boys are pretty mature and they will give tough time to England at their home grounds. Although England team played tremendously against Sri Lanka and whipped them yet the Pakistan team is confident to challenge the English team fully and try to win the series.

“Team manager Intikhab Alam knows England well, because he has played a lot of cricket there and also accompanied the team many times as a official there, so his experience will prove very beneficial for our team. Many of our players have played already there and mature enough, they have very pleasant memories and good friends there, so unlike previous series, I hope this one will be really remarkable,” he concluded.

Pakistan cricket team is set to challenge England in a packed tour which comprises of four Tests, five One-day Internationals games and one Twenty20 International match in July and August.