England will play seven T20Is in Pakistan in September-October next year. Initially, the teams were set to lock horns in five T20Is but two extra T20Is were added to make up for the two matches that were cancelled earlier this year. The news was confirmed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday (November 9). The seven T20Is will be played before the 20-20 World Cup 2022 set to be held in Australia.
The PCB also confirmed that England will return to play three Test matches after the conclusion of the showpiece event in Australia. England Cricket Board (ECB) CEO Tom Harrison had recently flown to Pakistan to mend relationship with PCB chairman Ramiz Raja. Notably, England had withdrawn from the Pakistan tour earlier this year citing security concern which left the PCB fuming.
Raja said it is a matter of pride for PCB that both England and Australia are committed to playing in Pakistan. The PCB had earlier confirmed that Australia will tour Pakistan for a full tour in March-April 2022.
“We are excited that England have committed to playing two additional T20Is as part of their white-ball tour in September/October in 2022. We put in a lot of efforts to make sure that all visiting teams are comfortable in Pakistan. As such, it is a matter of pride for the Pakistan fans, who look forward to welcoming Australia and England in 2022,” said PCB chairman Ramiz Raja.
Harrison said England are fully committed to reviving cricket in Pakistan and will do everything possible to make cricket bloom in the country. “We’re happy to announce that we’ll play two extra white-ball T20Is on our men’s tour of Pakistan in September/October 2022. We will then return after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia to complete the Test match element of that tour,” said England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) CEO Tom Harrison.
“This is just to reaffirm our commitment to Pakistan cricket to getting England teams, men’s and women’s teams, eventually playing in Pakistan at home,” he said.
With the announcement of Australia and England touring Pakistan, an exciting home season awaits for the Men in Green. Pakistan are also set to host West Indies in December this year.