England tour of Pakistan 2021: England Cricket Board has finalized a short T20I tour of Pakistan in October next year.
Contrary to their previously reported tour of Pakistan in January 2021, England will now travel to Pakistan in October 2021 to play a couple of T20Is in Karachi. The probable rescheduling of their imminent winter season asking the English players to tour South Africa, Sri Lanka and India should make it impossible for them to play in Pakistan in January next year.
In a series which will further prepare both Pakistan and England for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in India, the first and the second T20I will be played on October 14 and 15 respectively. Following a two-match series, both the teams will travel to India on October 16 for the world event.
At the moment, England’s tour of Pakistan will be the first time that any major Test playing nation will visit Pakistan since 2009. As far as England are concerned, their last tour of Pakistan was in 2005-06 for three Tests and five ODIs under Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan respectively.
England tour of Pakistan 2021
“I am delighted to confirm that England will be touring Pakistan to play two T20s 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,” Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Wasim Khan said in a statement.
With Pakistan successfully hosting Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the Pakistan Super League this year, Wasim Khan hoped for English players’ participation in the PSL and the Australian team also coming in for a bilateral series in the future.
“The full-strength England squad will arrive at the backend of our home white-ball series against New Zealand. We also expect Australia to visit Pakistan for their FTP commitment in early 2022, with England returning for both Test and White Ball tours in the 2022-23 season.
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“The October 2021 T20Is will allow the leading England cricketers to access and examine the world-class arrangements we will put together, which will give them further encouragement and confidence to not only return in 2022-23 but also express their interest in the Pakistan Super League, which has grown to become one of the top leagues in the world,” Wasim Khan said.