England’s historic tour of Pakistan delayed
A long awaited England visit to Pakistan has been postponed to September or October next year, ahead of T20 World Cup 2021.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) agreed for a two or three-match T20I series in Pakistan. The tour was expected to be in January 2021.
It is learnt that ECB did not want to ‘devalue’ international caps by sending B or C equivalent team to Pakistan. The boards wanted a full-strength squad to mark England’s first Pakistan tour in 16 years. In 2005, Michael Vaughan-led England toured Pakistan.
England are also due to play a Test series in Pakistan in late 2022.
England will be having a busy New Year, starting with two-Test tour in Sri Lanka in January. England will then move to India for a marathon five-match Test series against India. Both series hold significance for England’s chances to grab a spot in World Test Championship finals.
International teams have been touring Pakistan without any issues in the past two years. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have been there beforr coronavirus pandemic. Recently, Zimbabwe finished a tour of three ODIs and three T20Is.
PCB hosted the whole of PSL (Pakistan Super League) T20 2020 in Pakistan. The play-offs are being run at the moment. Englishmen Alex Hales, Adam Lyth, Samit Patel and Saquib Mahmood put their names up for play-offs.
Earlier Pakistan toured England for three Tests and as many T20Is in bio-bubble.