England Cricket has introduced that they are going to be touring to Pakistan subsequent yr for a sequence of two T20 worldwide video games earlier than the ICC T20 World Cup in October.
The 2 boards (England Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board) confirmed the information about the identical additionally mentioning that will probably be England’s first tour to Pakistan in 16 years on Tuesday following PCB’s invite final month.
The 2 T20I matches will likely be performed in Karachi on 14 and 15 October, earlier than each the groups depart for India for the T20 World Cup, on 16 October.
We’re heading to Pakistan!
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 18, 2020
In an ECB launch, Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Govt Officer (CEO) mentioned, “It’s an actual pleasure to announce that the England males’s IT20 squad will likely be enjoying in Pakistan in October 2021. This would be the first time since 2005 that an England crew has toured Pakistan and as such it represents a major second for each nations.
“As at all times, the security and welfare of our gamers and workers will likely be paramount. We’re working intently with the PCB to guarantee all the required plans are in place, particularly regarding the anticipated ranges of safety across the crew, the proposed journey protocols and naturally the scenario concerning the fast-moving and ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic.”
Harrison added that the two-match sequence will function supreme preparation for the T20 World Cup for them.
PCB CEO, Wasim Khan, however, mentioned that ECB’s affirmation was a proof of security and safety in Pakistan and hoped that this sequence will open doorways for an elongated tour and probably a red-ball sequence in 2022-23. Khan additionally mentioned that this sequence will assist in getting gamers from England to play in PSL, which is proving to be a success story in the previous couple of years for Pakistan Cricket.
After worldwide cricket was banned in Pakistan for round 6 years, it slowly began getting again on monitor since 2015 with a brief sequence right here or there. However it gained momentum a few years later in 2017 when the ultimate of the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) was performed in Lahore. Since that gamble paid off, a World XI crew got here to Pakistan for a 3-match T20I sequence.
That sequence was simply the physician ordered for PCB and Pakistan followers because it proved helpful for the game’s return to Pakistan in addition to it affirmed the security for different nations to potential tour in future.