England confirm Pakistan Test dates with series opener at Old Trafford

First Test, on August 5, before action moves to Ageas Bowl for last two five-day games

In this handout picture released and taken by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on June 28, 2020, Pakistani cricketers Sarfaraz Ahmed (L), and Asad Shafiq wearing facemasks arrive at the Allama Iqbal International airport before their departure to England, in Lahore.   The Pakistan cricket squad left for their England tour on June 28, but without 10 players who had tested positive for coronavirus.  - 
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England cricket chiefs on Monday confirmed dates and venues for Pakistan's three-Test tour, with the series starting at Old Trafford on August 5.

International cricket returns on Wednesday following the coronavirus lockdown when England play the first match of their three-Test series against the West Indies at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, followed by two matches at Old Trafford, in Manchester.

The first match of the Pakistan series will also take place at Old Trafford, with the second two at the Ageas Bowl. The second Test starts on August 13, with the third beginning on August 21.

Both venues are considered bio-secure, with hotels on site.

Old Trafford will also host three Twenty20 international matches between England and Pakistan, on August 28, 30 and September 1.

Ireland will play three one-day internationals at the Ageas Bowl on July 30, August 1 and August 4.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said: "Confirmation of these matches against Ireland and Pakistan is another important step for our game as we begin to safely stage international cricket again, but also to minimise the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, on cricket at all levels.

"It has taken significant effort and expertise to allow us to reach a position where cricket is now ready and able to return to the field of play from the elite level to recreational cricket."

Talks are ongoing over potential dates for Australia's white-ball tour and England women's tri-series against India and South Africa.