England will play seven T20Is in Pakistan ahead of the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup next Autumn and return to play a three-match Test series after the tournament.
The Three Lions were scheduled to visit the country for the first time since 2005 in October this year but cancelled the joint men’s and women’s tour, citing player and staff wellbeing and concerns about travelling to the region.
It has now been confirmed that England’s long-awaited return to Pakistan will come next year, however, after ECB chief executive Tom Harrison and senior Martin Darlow travelled to meet PCB chairman Ramiz Raja.
The men’s tour will be split into two parts, with a seven-match T20I series scheduled for September and October ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia next Autumn.
Following the conclusion of the tournament, Joe Root’s side will travel to Pakistan for a three-match Test series in November and December, which will form part of the World Test Championship.
England women’s fixtures, which were originally scheduled to be played alongside the men’s tour, are yet to be rearranged.
“This is just to reaffirm our commitment to Pakistan cricket to getting England teams, men’s and women’s teams, eventually playing in Pakistan at home,” said Harrison.
“I don’t think there’s a cricketer in England who doesn’t want to test their abilities against the huge talent this country has and in the conditions they know best.
“We also talked with our colleagues at the PCB around pathway engagement, how we can support proposals around the women’s game and some interesting ideas around the domestic agenda here in Pakistan.
“We’re going to build on these plans going forward together and we’re excited about that too.”
Raja added: “The ECB have shown their large heartedness to be here for which I am thankful to Tom and Martin. It means a lot to us.
“We are excited that England have committed to playing two additional T20Is as part of their white-ball tour in September/October in 2022. We put in lot of efforts to make sure that all visiting teams are comfortable in Pakistan. As such, it is a matter of pride for the Pakistan fans, who look forward to welcoming Australia and England in 2022.
“England have got a great team and it’s mind-boggling how they’ve produced so many match-winners in a span of about five to seven years. They play very engaging and attractive cricket, which is fantastic for the fans and a big advertisement of the game.”