CricketPakistan To Host England After 17 Years For A Long Series
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England’s first tour of Pakistan in 17 years will begin on 20 September. The men’s team will play seven T20Is in Karachi (first four) and Lahore (last three). The last game before England travel to Australia for the Men’s T20 World Cup is on October 2. They are due to return to Pakistan in December for a three-Test series – their first Test tour in Pakistan since the 2005–06 tour.

Pakistan will also host New Zealand this year, first for two Tests and three ODIs in December-January, and then five ODIs and five T20Is in April next year. West Indies will also tour Pakistan for three T20 Internationals at the end of January. In a statement, the PCB said that the schedule for England’s Test series as well as matches against New Zealand and West Indies will be released at an “appropriate time”.

Next year, Pakistan is also set to host the Asia Cup for the first time since 2008. Pakistan was originally supposed to host the T20 Asia Cup this year, but that changed with Sri Lanka – the 2022 Asia Cup starts in late August and has moved to the UAE. But the 50-over version is now set to take place in Pakistan next year – most likely for the 50-over World Cup, which takes place in India in October-November.

Matches will take place in the National Stadium in Karachi for matches on 28 and 30 September and England on 20, 22, 23 and 25 September before action shifted to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Will host T20I against All matches are floodlight affairs, starting at 7.30 pm Pakistan Time.

“We are extremely pleased to confirm that England is hosting seven T20 Internationals in Karachi and Lahore,” PCB Director of International Cricket Zakir Khan said in a statement. They are playing the shortest format in the lead up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Pakistan, this will not only help the team management finalize their preparations but will also set the tone for December. Three-Test series.”

England have not toured Pakistan since 2005, and two of Pakistan’s home series against them in 2012 and 2016 were played in the UAE. England decided to call back their men’s and women’s teams’ tour of Pakistan last year, citing “bubble fatigue” and growing concerns about field travel. This came soon after New Zealand withdrew their men’s team, citing similar concerns.

“We look forward to returning to Pakistan and playing these seven T20Is as the team builds up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup,” said ECB’s managing director of men’s cricket, Rob Key. “We are in close contact with the PCB to arrange this visit and Tests later in the year, and will continue to work closely with the PCB, the British High Commission and other relevant authorities as we continue to prepare for these tours.

“We would like to thank the PCB and the city authorities for all their assistance in planning the tours, including hosting the recent pre-tour planning tour by ECB representatives and the PCA CEO.”