ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan Test captain and coach Javed Miandad hopes England's decision to resume its tour of India will help foreign teams have confidence in also playing in Pakistan.

"I welcome the England team's return to India despite the deadly attacks in Mumbai," Miandad, who is now Pakistan Cricket Board director general, he told media on Tuesday. "It's a lesson of peace and a defeat for terrorists."

The England squad returned to India on Monday - 10 days after flying home midway through its limited-overs series in the wake of the Mumbai attacks - amid tight security to play two Test matches

"I sincerely hope that foreign teams will also start playing cricket in Pakistan, and it starts with the Indian cricket team's tour to Pakistan next month," Miandad said.

Miandad, 51, is regarded as one of Pakistan's greatest batsmen, scoring 8,832 runs from 124 Tests with an average of 52.57 and 7,381 limited-overs runs from 233 matches in a career that spanned almost 20 years from 1976.