England To Tour Pakistan For The First Time In 17 Years

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday confirmed that England will play seven T20Is from September 20 to October 2 in Karachi and Lahore on their first visit to the country in 17 years. The National Stadium will host the matches on 20, 22, 23 and 25 September before the action moves to cricket headquarters at the Gaddafi Stadium for the remaining three matches on 28 and 30 September and 2 October.

Seven T20Is will form part of the first leg of England's tour of Pakistan and will return for the 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Australia for three Tests in December.

A T20I series against the other team will open Pakistan's international season. After the matches against England in September and December, Pakistan will host New Zealand twice - first for two Tests and three ODIs in December/January and then in April for five ODIs and five T20Is - the West Indies for three T20Is in late January and finally the 50th - in the ACC Asia Cup. Apart from five Tests, eight ODIs and 15 T20Is in the 2022-23 season, Pakistan will also host 187 domestic men's matches across six senior leagues, 33 matches of the Pakistan Super League 2023 and 19 matches of the Pakistan Junior League 2022.

In an official statement, PCB International Cricket Director Zakir Khan said: “We are absolutely delighted to confirm that England have hosted seven T20Is in Karachi and Lahore as the curtain-raiser to a busy, entertaining and exciting time in domestic internationals. of the top T20I teams and playing the shortest format in the lead-up to the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Pakistan will not only help the team management complete their preparations but also set the tone for the three-Test series in December."

“We demonstrated our event planning and operational skills in the very successful series against Australia in March/April and I'm sure we can repeat that when England visit us for the first time since 2005. We have confirmed the T20I schedule. tour of the England and Wales Cricket Board scouting team who are happy and satisfied with all our arrangements,” he added.

Rob Key, ECB Executive Director for England Men's Cricket, said: “We are looking forward to returning to Pakistan to play these seven T20Is as the team builds towards the ICC Men's T20 World Cup. We are working closely with the PCB on arrangements for this visit and tests later this year and will continue to work closely with the PCB, the British High Commission and other relevant authorities as we progress in preparation for these trips.

"We would like to thank the PCB and the city authorities for all their continued assistance in planning the trips, including hosting a recent pre-trip planning visit by ECB representatives and the PCA CEO," he added.