The England Cricket Board has confirmed that the national side would visit Pakistan for the first time in nearly 17 years in the second week of September.
The Pakistan Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have formed a special committee to finalize planning for England’s impending tour of Pakistan, as well as to examine a number of matters such as the trip itinerary and security measures.
The seven-match T20I series will be played between September 15 and October 2 in Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Multan, although because to security concerns, the tourists would prefer to play at Pindi Stadium.
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja met with British High Commissioner Christian Turner earlier this month to arrange plans for England’s impending trip to Pakistan. The High Commissioner commended Pakistan’s efforts in cricket development at the meeting.
The committee examined a number of tour-related matters during the meeting, including the timetable, security measures, and player availability. A number of possibilities were presented, and the committee will now reconvene to finalize the tour’s preparations.
In preparation for the England series, the cricket board began upgrading stadiums last week, including installing new chairs in the enclosures of Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, National Stadium in Karachi, and Gaddafi Stadium.
Last year, the Eoin Morgan-led side was supposed to visit Pakistan, but the series was postponed when New Zealand’s tour was canceled at the last minute at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium due to security concerns.
It’s worth noting that England will visit Pakistan next year for a three-match Test series and a five-match ODI series. This follows Australia’s full-fledged series win in Pakistan, where the visitors won the Test series 1-0 and Pakistan won the ODI series 2-1. Australia also took a 1-0 lead in the one-match T20I series.