England’s scheduled tour of Pakistan in January has been cancelled, but they will tour in October 2021.
The England and Wales Cricket Board announced in October that talks over a short limited-overs tour, England’s first to Pakistan since 2005, were taking place.
However, with England due to play Sri Lanka and India around the same time, a second squad would be required. The strength of that squad is in question and the tour will not commence as a result.
However, it has now been confirmed that England will play two T20I in Karachi on October 14 and 15th 2021.
Tom Harrison, the ECB’s chief executive, said: ‘It’s a real pleasure to announce that the England men’s IT20 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.
‘As always, the safety and welfare of our players and staff will be paramount. We are working closely with the PCB to ensure all the necessary plans are in place, 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.
‘The two-match series will serve as ideal preparation for the England team leading into an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup taking place in India during October and November 2021.’