The England Cricket Board (ECB) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Wednesday, have confirmed that England’s men will make their first tour of Pakistan after 16 years. The England team will travel to Pakistan in October 2021 and will arrive in Karachi on October 12 and both teams will depart for India on October 16 for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after the series. The tour got delayed due to the unavailability of players from the English side.
The ECB confirmed the tour on Tuesday evening, following last month’s invitation by the PCB for a short tour in January 2021. Two T20 Internationals will be played between hosts Pakistan and England in Karachi on 14 and 15 October 2021.
England last toured Pakistan in 2005, when they played three Tests and five ODIs. Further, two series were played between the two nations in 2012 and 2015 in the UAE.
“I am delighted to confirm that England will be touring Pakistan to play two T20Is in October 2021. This will be their first visit to Pakistan for 16 years and will open the door for both Test and white-ball tours in the 2022-23 season. The full-strength England squad will arrive at the backend of our home series against New Zealand. We also expect Australia to visit Pakistan for their FTP commitment in the 2021-22 season, with England returning for both Test and white-ball tours in the 2022-23 season,” said PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan as quoted by Sportstar.
“It’s a real pleasure to announce that the England men’s T20I 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,” said ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison.