The ECB have announced today that Pakistan will arrive in the UK on Sunday ahead of their Test and T20 series against England later this summer, which will be played behind-closed-doors.
The return of Test cricket is less than two weeks away, with Joe Root’s side set to begin their three-match series against the West Indies at the Ageas Bowl on the 8th of July, but it appears preparations for the upcoming visit of Pakistan are set to ramp up this weekend.
In an announcement on the ECB website today, it was confirmed that Pakistan will arrive in the UK on Sunday ahead of this summer’s tour of England.
The tour will include a three-match Test series and a three-match T20 series played behind-closed-doors in August and September, the full schedule for which will be announced in due course.
Following their arrival in the UK, Misbah-ul-Haq’s side will start a 14-day isolation period at Worcestershire’s ground, New Road, before moving to the County Ground in Derbyshire to continue their preparations for the Test series, which will include two four-day internal warm-up matches.
Pakistan announced their 29-man squad for the tour earlier this month, which included the likes of Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi.
Over the past week or so, numerous Pakistan players have tested positive for COVID-19 and the ECB has confirmed that the whole squad will be tested prior to travel, with those testing positive not permitted to travel with the advance group on Sunday.
We are still waiting on full confirmation of the schedule for the England v Pakistan series but you feel they’re likely to be played, at least in part, at the Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford given the facilities in place.
It looks like we’re going to get at least six Tests and three T20s this summer!
Hopefully, we’ll get further announcements about the other previously scheduled series soon.