The white-ball schedule for England’s first tour of Pakistan in 17 years has been announced with Jos Buttler’s side set to play seven T20s there in September and October.
England were scheduled to tour Pakistan last winter but it was postponed due to safety concerns.
The first leg of the tour will serve as preparation for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in October and November. Our Group 1 opener is against Afghanistan on Saturday 22nd October.
After the tournament, Ben Stokes’ Test side will head to Pakistan in December for a three-match series.
The PCB announced the schedule for the white-ball leg of the tour yesterday in what will be England’s first trip to the country since 2005.
Four T20s in Karachi will be followed by three more in Lahore, with the seven-match series starting on the 20th of September and wrapping up on the 2nd of October.
All matches will start at 7:30pm PKT (3:30pm BST).
The white-ball schedule is as follows:
Tuesday 20th September – 1st T20, Karachi
Thursday 22nd September – 2nd T20, Karachi
Friday 23rd September – 3rd T20, Karachi
Sunday 25th September – 4th T20, Karachi
Wednesday 28th September – 5th T20, Lahore
Friday 30th September – 6th T20, Lahore
Sunday 2nd October – 7th T20, Lahore
The full schedule of England’s Test tour will follow in due course.
PCB director of international cricket Zahir Khan said they were “absolutely delighted” to host England for seven T20s later this year.
He explained: “England is one of the top-ranked T20I teams and them 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 to finalise their preparations, but will also set the tone for December’s three-Test series.
“We demonstrated our event planning and operational skills in the highly-successful series against Australia in March/April and I am confident we will be able to replicate these when England visit us for the first time since 2005. We have been able to confirm schedule of the T20Is following a successful tour by the England and Wales Cricket Board recce team, which was pleased and satisfied with all our arrangements.
“I am confident that the cricket fans, like they did in the series against Australia, will turn up in big numbers to support both the sides and also make our Diamond Jubilee celebration year an unforgettable one.”
ECB managing director of England Men’s cricket Rob Key added: “We are looking forward to returning to Pakistan and playing these seven T20Is as the team builds up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
“We have been liaising closely with the PCB over arrangements for this visit and the Tests later in the year, and will continue to work closely with the PCB, British High Commission and other relevant authorities as we continue to prepare for these tours.
“We would like to thank the PCB and the city authorities for all their ongoing assistance with planning for the tours, including hosting the recent pre-tour planning visit by ECB representatives and the PCA CEO.”