England set to tour Pakistan for first time in 16 years in 2021

The two T20 matches, in October next year, will form part of the lead up to 2021 World Cup

England will tour Pakistan for the first time in 16 years when they play a T20 series in October 2021.

The two 20-over matches in Karachi, on 14 and 15 October 2021, will form part of the lead up to the 2021 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in India.

England last toured Pakistan in 2005, before security concerns led all their subsequent bilateral encounters to be played in the UAE.

The sides met 22 times across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah in the intervening time.

“The October 2021 T20Is will allow the leading England cricketers to access and examine the world-class arrangements we will put together,” Wasim Khan, the Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive , said in a statement.

“[That] 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 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 only ensure international cricket is played uninterruptedly.”

Pakistan won widespread praise, along with West Indies, for touring England during the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.

“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,” Tom Harrison, the England and Wales Cricket Board CEO, said.

“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.”