English Test cricket captain Joe Root prior to a training session© Twitter
England will not tour Pakistan for a limited-overs series in January after plans were abandoned due to cost and availability. The tour will be postponed to September or October next year. England’s main white ball players will participate in the Big Bash League (BBL). With the England squad slated for a run in the longest format of the match in Sri Lanka and India next January, there was the prospect of sending the equivalent of a C team to Pakistan for a first official tour in the past 15 year. .
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, it is clear that both boards agreed that such a historic event warranted a full English squad.
Earlier in August, Pakistan toured England for a test series of three matches and as many T20Is. England won the Test series while the T20I series was drawn 1-1.
England last toured Pakistan in 2005 and was already scheduled for a test series in 2022, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed a wish for an earlier visit than that to the ECB’s support for the return of international cricket to the country, ESPNcricinfo reported.
In the meantime, England is playing a series in South Africa. All games are played in a bio-safe environment in the Western Cape, with games in both Newlands and Boland Park.
The series starts on November 27 and will be the first series in South Africa since the country closed in March.
This will also be the first series that the South African men’s team has known for more than seven months.
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