England will make their first trip to Pakistan in 16 years for a two-match T20 International series in October as part of a mutual agreement between the two cricket boards. The two matches, to be held in Karachi on 14 and 15 October, are part of the run-up to the 2021 T20 World Cup. Both the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and its Pakistan counterparts confirmed on Wednesday that the tour was just ahead of the mega event will take place in India.
England was invited by the PCB to visit Pakistan in January next year, but the unavailability of top players and cost-related matters forced the ECB to reschedule their visit.
“I am delighted to confirm that England will tour Pakistan in October 2021 to play two T20Is,” said PCB chief Wasim Khan.
“This will be their first visit to Pakistan by England in 16 years and will open the door for both Test and white ball tours in the 2022-23 season.
“The entire England squad is coming to the back of our home series against New Zealand. We also expect Australia to visit Pakistan for their FTP deployment in the 2021-22 season, with England returning for both the Test and the white ball. in the 2022-2023 season. “
Khan was confident that the visit in October will provide an opportunity for leading English cricketers to “access and research the world-class schemes”.
“This will give them more encouragement and confidence to not only return in 2022-23, but also show their interest in the Pakistani Super League.”
England will arrive in Karachi on October 12 and both sides will leave for India on October 16 for the ICC T20 World Cup. England last toured Pakistan in 2005, when they played three Tests and five One-Day Internationals.
The subsequent series between the two sides in 2012 and 2015 were played in the United Arab Emirates.
Tom Harrison, CEO of the ECB, said: “It is a real pleasure to announce that England’s T20I team will play in Pakistan in October 2021.
“This is the first time since 2005 that an England team has toured Pakistan and as such it is an important moment for both countries.”
In a way, England is returning to favor after Pakistan toured the Old Blighty after restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic were lifted earlier this year.
“As demonstrated this summer, we have a strong relationship with the PCB, and the ECB is delighted to play our role in ensuring the safe return of international cricket to this beautiful land of passionate cricket fans,” said Harrison.
“As always, the safety and welfare of our players and staff are paramount.
“We are working closely with the PCB to ensure that all necessary plans are in place, especially with regard to the expected levels of security around the team, proposed travel protocols and the situation regarding the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The series of two matches will serve as ideal preparation for the England team leading to an ICC T20 World Cup taking place in India in October and November 2021.”
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