Pakistan cricket team to tour England in July 2021
Nov 20 2020
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced a test series between England and India which will take place in 2021.
The short tour is also payback for the PCB sending a team over to England during the summer, despite the COVID-19 pandemic engulfing the country. England will arrive in Pakistan two days before the series begins and will depart for the T20 WC in India on October 16.
Moeen Ali said that he relished playing in Pakistan recently in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season, adding that he would love to visit the country again.
Uncertainty around the staging of the World Test Championship Final, and England's potential qualification, means further games could yet be added, including additional fixtures against Sri Lanka before the first listed worldwide on June 29.
The proposed January dates would have clashed with England's scheduled matches against Sri Lanka and India, and the European Central Bank did not wish to mark the occasion with a weakened squad.
England have not been to Pakistan since 2005, when they played three Test matches and five ODIs, losing both series. Worldwide cricket was halted in Pakistan after the Sri Lanka cricket team bus was targeted in a terrorist attack in March 2009.
The Pakistan team played under the captaincy of Inzamam-ul-Haq and the England team was led by Michael Vaughan Marcus Trescothick at that time.
"Having been there not so long ago, it was an fantastic experience to play there and I'm sure Pakistan have gone all out to host that [series]".
"No one is flawless, but going forward, I think a lot will be done to get all these things right". We can't wait to go there in the future. "They helped massively", added Ali. "I think it was going to happen anyway, but I think it's right we go back after such a long time for the game itself and for Pakistan and cricket in the country".
However, global cricket has slowly been returning to Pakistan.
He emphasized on the strong relationship the two boards enjoy.
England will tour Pakistan next year for the first time since a 2009 attack by gunmen on the visiting Sri Lankan team in a move hailed by England cricket authorities as "a significant moment".
"I reiterated this when the event was suspended prior to the play-off stage, and despite several challenges, uncertainties and doubts, I am delighted that the PCB has fulfilled another commitment and promise to the loyal and passionate Pakistan cricket fans and supporters", he said after the summit clash on Tuesday night.
Wasim further said the ECB's confirmation further endorses Pakistan as "safe and secure".
'As always, the safety and welfare of our players and staff will be paramount.
"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".