During a T20I tour announced for 2021, England tour to Pakistan to play cricket for the first time in 16 years.
In October 2021, the England side will travel to Pakistan for two T20Is in Rawalpindi. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed this. English will be visiting Pakistan for the first time since 2005 when they last visited 16 years ago.
ECB CEO Tom Harrison said:
“It’s a real pleasure to announce that the England men’s T20I squad will be playing in Pakistan in October 2021. This will be the first time since 2005 that an England team has toured Pakistan and as such it represents a significant moment for both nations.
“As was demonstrated this summer, we have a strong relationship with PCB, and 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.”
Wasim Khan, President and Chief Executive Officer of PCB, also expressed his hopes on the tour that it will facilitate the arrival of more teams in Pakistan in the future.
“I am delighted to confirm that England will be touring Pakistan to play two T20s in October 2021,” Khan said.
“The full-strength England squad will arrive at the backend of our home white-ball series against New Zealand. We also expect Australia to visit Pakistan for their FTP commitment in early 2022, with England returning for both Test and white-ball tours in the 2022/23 season.
“The October 2021 T20Is will allow the leading England cricketers to access and examine the world-class arrangements we will put together, which will give them further encouragement and confidence to not only return in 2022/23 but also express their interest in the Pakistan Super League, which has grown to become one of the top leagues in the world.
“England’s visit to Pakistan for the 14 and 15 October 2021 T20Is will provide a further lift to our passionate fans, both in Pakistan and across the globe. The nation has waited patiently for cricket to return sustainably to Pakistan and the 2021 tours by South Africa, New Zealand and England will ensure international cricket is played uninterruptedly.”
England tour to Pakistan 2021
Two Twenty20 Internationals will be played in October between England and Pakistan by the side that will compete in the T20 World Cup in 2021. The matches will take place at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on 13 and 14.
Eoin Morgan and Heather Knight’s sides join their counterparts in Islamabad on 9 October. While the men’s side departs for Dubai on 15 October, England women will stay behind for three one-day matches at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on 17, 19, and 21 October.
As mentioned earlier, Morgan and Knight have been crowned world champions in 50-over cricket. The most recent ICC T20I Team Rankings have England men at No.1 and the women at No.2, five points less than world champions Australia.
As a result of operational and logistical issues, the matches have been rescheduled from 14 and 15 October, originally scheduled at the Karachi National Stadium.
Schedule for the series (all matches will take place at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, match timings to be determined):
- 9 Oct – England men and women sides’ arrival
- 13 Oct – Pakistan Women v England Women; Pakistan Men v England Men (T20I double-header)
- 14 Oct – Pakistan Women v England Women; Pakistan Men v England Men (T20I double-header)
- 17 Oct – Pakistan Women v England Women, 1st ODI
- 19 Oct – Pakistan Women v England Women, 2nd ODI
- 21 Oct – Pakistan Women v England Women, 3rd ODI