England cricket team landed in Pakistan this morning for one of the most iconic and historical tours of cricket history. Pakistan’s law and order situation has been worst in the past two decades. So, all the major teams, including England, did not tour Pakistan. But, the impossible things can happen; this is a pure example. England’s team has reached Pakistan for a seven-match T20 series. This is the England team’s first tour of Pakistan in 17 years. England last played in Pakistan in 2005. England team is on a historical tour in Pakistan, and it is undoubtedly the first of most to follow.
Dubai was the home of Pakistan for several years in the past. They had previously hosted England in Dubai in 2012 and 2015. International cricket is gradually returning to Pakistan in the last five years. Topsides like Australia visiting Pakistan in early 2022 significantly boosted the cricket-loving nation. Australia’s tour vanished all the security concerns. In the past, New Zealand and England cricket boards canceled their tours to Pakistan due to security reasons. Pakistan cricket has assured that the England series will pass off safely.
The tour includes 7 T20 internationals from September 20 to October 02. The series will be played at two different venues, with Karachi hosting the first four games and Lahore hosting the last three. Many players like Dawid Malan, Livingstone, and Moeen Ali (to name a few) included in the England squad had the experience of playing in Pakistan as they had appeared in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) before. They know the conditions very well and will prove to be a challenging side for Pakistan.
1st T20i: National Stadium Karachi, September 20
2nd T20i: National Stadium Karachi, September 22
3rd T20i: National Stadium Karachi, September 23
4th T20i: National Stadium Karachi, September 25
5th T20i: Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, September 28
6th T20i: Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, September 30
7th T20i: Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, October 02
The series will not be over as the England team will return to Pakistan in December for three Test matches.
Jos Buttler (c), Jonathan Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Phil Salt, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Mark Wood.
Reserves: Tymal Mills, Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson.
According to management, preparations are complete, and four pitches have been prepared in National Stadium Karachi for the series. So the stage is set for Pakistan vs. England, and everyone is looking forward to a successful series between the two sides. England has some of the best fast bowling all-rounders in the world. With an explosive top order and dependable middle order, the England team has all the tools in their batting. England has two top-quality front-line spinners: Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.
On the other side, the Pakistan team is also a very balanced side. There are some concerns about the performance of their middle order, but the top order batters always did the heavy work for them. Fast bowlers are young and quick. Spinners are good and can also perform in batting. Fans will hopefully get good entertaining cricket on the England team’s historical tour in Pakistan.