England will go to Pakistan for the primary time in 16 years once they play two Twenty20 internationals in October.
England haven’t toured since 2005 following an assault by gunmen on the Sri Lanka crew in Lahore in 2009.
The Pakistan Cricket Board invited England to tour in early 2021 after Pakistan toured the UK this 12 months, taking part in matches in a bio-secure bubble, however that would not be organized.
However, two T20s might be performed in Karachi on 14 and 15 October.
They will type a part of the preparations for the Twenty20 World Cup, with each groups departing for India on 16 October.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief govt Tom Harrison mentioned: “As was demonstrated this summer, we have a strong relationship with the Pakistan Cricket Board and the 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 all the time, the security and welfare of our gamers and workers might be paramount. We are working intently with the PCB to make sure all the required plans are in place, particularly regarding the anticipated ranges of safety across the crew, the proposed journey protocols and naturally the scenario relating to the fast-moving and ever-changing Covid-19 pandemic.”
No international cricket was played in Pakistan for 10 years following the attack on the Sri Lanka team, with Pakistan holding the majority of their home matches in the United Arab Emirates.
However, touring teams have slowly returned. Zimbabwe visited last month and a number of English players have taken part in the Pakistan Super League T20 competition.
PCB chief govt Wasim Khan mentioned: “The ECB’s affirmation additional endorses Pakistan as secure and safe. Importantly, this announcement speaks volumes for the connection that we now have with the ECB and I wish to thank the ECB for his or her robust will and want to make this quick tour a actuality.
“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.”
England’s subsequent Test matches away in opposition to Pakistan are scheduled for the tip of 2022.
The ECB has additionally introduced a provisional house schedule for the summer season of 2021, with males’s and girls’s worldwide matches happening throughout the UK after the coronavirus pandemic compelled all of 2020’s fixtures to be performed behind closed doorways in Southampton, Manchester and Derby.
England’s males will play 5 Tests in opposition to India and limited-overs matches in opposition to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
An further two-Test collection in opposition to an unnamed opponent may be staged within the early a part of the summer season relying on the scheduling of the World Test Championship remaining, which is because of happen in England in June.
England’s ladies are planning to satisfy New Zealand and South Africa, whereas the visually impaired crew will tackle Australia.
“While Covid means there’s still a great deal of uncertainty, we really hope to be able to welcome fans back into the grounds safely next year to bring that unique atmosphere to stadia across the country,” mentioned Harrison.