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England to visit Pakistan in historic tour after 17 years

After September, Pakistan will be hosting multiple international cricket series. New Zealand will also visit Pakistan following England.

Pakistan Cricket Board announced dates for the historic visit of England to Pakistan on Tuesday. According to the schedule, Pakistan and England will play seven T20Is from September 20th to October 2nd.  This will be the first visit of England to Pakistan in 17 years.

Matches will be hosted in Karachi and Lahore. National Stadium of Karachi will host matches on 20, 22, 23, and 25 September. Then the matches will be played in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.

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

After September, Pakistan will be hosting multiple international cricket series. New Zealand will also visit Pakistan following England. In the first leg, New Zealand will play two Tests and three ODIs in December and January. In April, New Zealand will return for five ODIs and five T20Is. West Indies will visit Pakistan for three T20Is in late January and finally, Pakistan will be playing the 50-over Asia Cup.

The complete schedule for the series with England, New Zealand, and England will be released soon. Pakistan will also host 33 Pakistan Super League 2023 fixtures, 187 men’s domestic matches in six senior competitions, and 19 Pakistan Junior League 2022 games.

Read more: England Pakistan test series: three key takeaways from the first test

Pakistan has recently played two Test matches against the host Sri Lanka. Pakistan won the first Test match meanwhile Sri Lanka won the second Test match.

Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunarathna posted a heartfelt message for the Pakistan cricket team that visited the crisis-hit Sri Lanka. He shared the pictures from the Test match and the players of both teams greeting each other. In the tweet, he said, “True friends are never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart.” Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan have extended a helping hand to each other when in crisis.

Previously, Sri Lanka also visited Pakistan when other countries refused to visit Pakistan.