England will visit Pakistan for the first time in 16 years. They will play two T20 Internationals in October 2021, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Wednesday.
The short tour will serve as a build-up to the Twenty20 World Cup in India. The tournament is scheduled to start the same month.
England’s tour comes as international cricket returns to Pakistan following a deadly terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009. The attack had killed six policemen and two civilians.
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner is also excited for Pakistan and English clash next year.
The matches are scheduled for October 14 and 15, both in Karachi.
“This will be the first time since 2005 that an England team has toured Pakistan. As such it represents a significant moment for both nations,” ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said.
“As always, the safety and welfare of our players and staff will be paramount. We are working closely with the PCB to ensure all the necessary plans are in place, especially concerning the anticipated levels of security around the team, the proposed travel protocols and of course the situation regarding the fast-moving and ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic.”
Pakistan has hosted Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for tests, and Zimbabwe for limited-overs matches since December 2019, having used Sharjah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi as home venues since the bus attack.
Karachiites are already celebrating the win of Karachi Kings in the PSL 2020 finals. We are happy that both Pak-Eng matches will also be played in the city of light. YAAY!
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