England’s first tour of Pakistan in 16 years represents ‘significant moment for both nations’, insists ECB chief Tom Harrison with Eoin Morgan’s side scheduled to play two T20 internationals next October
- England will tour Pakistan for a two-match Twenty20 series in October 2021
- The Twenty20 international matches will take place in Karachi in mid October
- It will be the first time that a full England team have visited Pakistan in 16 year
- The two sides will then travel together to the Twenty20 World Cup in India
Tom Harrison says England’s historic trip to Pakistan next autumn will be a ‘significant moment for both nations’.
England will play two Twenty20 internationals in Karachi on October 14 and 15, after plans to participate in a goodwill tour in the new year were put back nine months.
It will be the first time that a full England team have visited Pakistan in 16 years and ECB chief executive Harrison said: ‘As such it represents a significant moment for both nations.
Tom Harrison says England’s trip to Pakistan will be a ‘significant moment for both nations
Eoin Morgan’s men will play two Twenty20 internationals in Karachi on October 14 and 15
‘As was demonstrated this summer, we have a strong relationship with the Pakistan Cricket Board 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.
‘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.’
The back-to-back games will form part of Eoin Morgan’s team’s Twenty20 World Cup preparations, coming between the limited-overs tour of Bangladesh for which they depart on September 19 and arriving in India for the chance to unite cricket’s white-ball belts.
The England and Pakistan teams will travel to the tournament together.
Harrison was speaking after England announced a tour to Pakistan for the first time in 16 years
‘This will open the door for both Test and white-ball tours in the 2022-23 season,’ said PCB chief executive Wasim Khan.
‘The October 2021 T20s will allow the leading England cricketers to access and examine the world-class arrangements we will put together, which will give them further encouragement and confidence to not only return in 2022-23 but also express their interest in the Pakistan Super League, which has grown to become one of the top leagues in the world.
‘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 enhanced progress made over the last two years has been down to nurturing relationships with various cricket boards and international players, as well as building trust and confidence.
‘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.’
PCB chief executive Wasim Khan believes it will open the door for Test tours in the future
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