Saturday 28 November, 2020

England set for two T20s in Pakistan, ending 16-year wait

A file photo of England cricketers greeting the Pakistan team.

A file photo of England cricketers greeting the Pakistan team.

England will head to Pakistan for the first time since 2005 after confirming a two-match Twenty20 series for next October.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced the tour on Wednesday, with the men's side primed to end a 16-year wait to play in Pakistan.

Concerns around safety have kept England away, with the Sri Lanka team bus having come under attack from gunmen in Lahore in 2009.

Pakistan toured England this year and invited them to visit early next year, but those plans fell through amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and ECB have now arranged two T20s to be played in Karachi on October 14 and 15, 2021.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said: "It's a real pleasure to announce that the England men's IT20 squad will be playing in Pakistan in October 2021.

"This will be the first time since 2005 that an England team has toured Pakistan and as such it represents a significant moment for both nations.

"As was demonstrated this summer, we have a strong relationship with PCB and ECB is delighted to be able to play our part in ensuring the safe return of international cricket to this wonderful nation of passionate cricket fans.

"As always, the safety and welfare of our players and staff will be paramount. We are working closely with the PCB to ensure all the necessary plans are in place, especially concerning the anticipated levels of security around the team, the proposed travel protocols, and of course the situation regarding the fast-moving and ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic.

"The two-match series will serve as ideal preparation for the England team leading into an ICC Men's T20 World Cup taking place in India during October and November 2021."

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