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England to tour Pakistan for the first time in 17 years, to play T20Is and Tests

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday confirmed that England will play seven T20Is in Karachi and Lahore from September 20 to October 2, their first visit to the country in 17 years. The National Stadium will host matches on 20, 22, 23 and 25 September, before action will move to the cricket headquarters at Gaddafi Stadium, where the remaining three matches will be played on 28 and 30 September and 2 October.

The seven T20Is will be part of the first leg of England’s tour of Pakistan and they will return after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Australia 2022 for three Tests in December.

Pakistan’s bumper international season will begin with the T20 series against the number two team. After the September and December matches against England, Pakistan will host New Zealand twice – first in December/January for two Tests and three ODIs and then in April for five ODIs and five T20Is – the West Indies at the end of January. Three T20Is and finally the 50-over ACC Asia Cup.

Apart from five Tests, eight ODIs and 15 T20Is in the 2022-23 season, Pakistan will also stage 187 men’s home matches in six senior competitions, 33 Pakistan Super League 2023 fixtures and 19 Pakistan Junior League 2022 games.

In an official release, PCB Director, International Cricket, Zakir Khan said: “We are absolutely delighted to confirm England’s hosting of the seven T20Is in Karachi and Lahore, which is a busy, entertaining and exciting series of domestic international matches. The curtains are on for an exciting season.England is one of the top-ranked T20I teams and they have to play the shortest format in the lead up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Pakistan, not only to give the team management a chance to finalize their preparations. but also set the tone for the three-Test series in December.”

“We demonstrated our organizing and handling skills in the highly successful series against Australia in March/April and I am confident that we will be able to replicate these on the tour of England for the first time since 2005. We are able to confirm the schedule. We are able to play in T20Is after a successful tour of England and Wales Cricket Board’s Reiki team, which was pleased and satisfied with all our arrangements,” he said.

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ECB Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key, said: “We look forward to returning to Pakistan and playing these seven T20Is as the team builds up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. We are closely working with the PCB on the arrangements. We are in contact with you on this visit and Test later in the year, and will continue to work closely with the PCB, the 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 assistance in planning the tours, including the hosting of the recent pre-tour planning tour by ECB representatives and the PCA CEO,” he added.

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