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England approved dates for historic Pakistan tour in October 2021

November 19, 2020

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Team England is set to visit Pakistan for the first time in 16 years. The teams will play two T20Is in Karachi on October 14 and 15, 2021. England men's team will arrive in Karachi on October 12. After playing back-to-back games, both sides will leave for India on October 16 for the T20 World Cup.

England last visited Pakistan in 2005 when they played 3 Tests and 5 limited-overs matches. The series between both teams was played in the United Arab Emirates in 2012 and 2015.

Regardless of the travel restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic this year, Pakistan was ready to tour England and play three test matches and three T20s at Manchester.

The English Cricket Board acknowledged for a short tour on Tuesday after last months summon by the PCB. The board proposed a short tour in October because of the non-availability of the top stars during that period. The players are likely to be busy in international cricket in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup.

England has already scheduled to play a Test series in Pakistan in 2022. The PCB had stated for a sooner visit for the return of international cricket in the country.

Pakistan's players helped England meet their international fixtures in 2020, there was a gist that the ECB owed Pakistan an equivalent favor. The English Board later confirmed that the ODI tour of Bangladesh in the same period is expected to go ahead as scheduled.

Wasim Khan confirms on England's short tour

Wasim Khan, the PCB CEO, was delighted to confirm that England will be touring Pakistan to play two T20Is in October 2021. It will be their first visit to Pakistan after 16 years and will open the door for both Test and ODI tours in the 2022-23 season.

The England squad will arrive at the backend of the home series against New Zealand. PCB is also expecting Australia to visit Pakistan for their FTP commitment in the 2021-22 season for both the Test and white-ball series.

Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive, also stated that it represents a significant moment for both nations. The series will help the Men's team prepared for the ICC T20 World Cup during October and November 2021.

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