England confirm landmark Pakistan trip ahead of T20 World Cup
England have confirmed they will visit Pakistan for the first time in 16 years to play two Twenty20 internationals in Karachi in October 2021.
Eoin Morgan’s team will arrive in Karachi on October 12 and play matches on October 14 and 15 before both teams depart for India for the T20 World Cup.
The Pakistan Cricket Board invited England for a short tour this January and while the ECB could not commit due to ‘player availability issues’, they will make their first trip to Pakistan since 2005 next year.
England have not played in Pakistan since gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in 2009, with series against the nation recently played in the United Arab Emirates.
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer said: ‘This will be the first time since 2005 that an England team has toured Pakistan and as such it represents a significant moment for both nations.
‘As was demonstrated this summer, we have a strong relationship with PCB and ECB is delighted to be able to play our part in ensuring the safe return of international cricket to this wonderful nation of passionate cricket fans.
‘The two-match series will serve as ideal preparation for the England team leading into the T20 World Cup.’
Wasim Khan, PCB Chief Executive, added: ‘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.
‘England’s visit to Pakistan for the 14 and 15 October 2021 T20Is will provide further lift to our passionate fans, both in Pakistan and across the globe.
‘The nation has waited patiently for cricket to return sustainably to Pakistan and the 2021 tours by South Africa, New Zealand and England will only ensure international cricket is played uninterruptedly.
‘The ECB’s confirmation further endorses Pakistan as safe and secure. Importantly, this announcement speaks volumes for the relationship that we have with the ECB and I would like to thank the ECB for their strong will and desire to make this short tour a reality.
‘England’s visit in 2021 is an outcome of the PCB’s efforts and hard work to ensure Pakistan cricket continues to move in the right direction.’
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