England to play seven T20Is in Pakistan next year
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that England will play two extra T20Is in addition to the five games it is scheduled to play in Pakistan in September-October 2022. The series will be played before the 20-20 World Cup set to be held in Australia.
Post the showpiece event, England will return to Pakistan to play three Test matches in November-December. PCB chairman Ramiz Raja is excited to welcome England and said it has put in a lot of effort and hard work to make the visiting teams feel comfortable in Pakistan.
“We are excited that England have committed to playing two additional T20Is as part of their white-ball tour in September/October in 2022. We put in a lot of efforts to make sure that all visiting teams are comfortable in Pakistan. As such, it is a matter of pride for the Pakistan fans, who look forward to welcoming Australia and England in 2022,” said PCB chairman Ramiz Raja.
England’s commitment to tour Pakistan comes after Australia’s confirmation of touring the country in March-April 2022. “We’re happy to announce that we’ll play two extra white-ball T20Is on our men’s tour of Pakistan in September/October 2022. We will then return after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia to complete the Test match element of that tour,” said England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) CEO Tom Harrison.
Earlier, Harrison had flown to Pakistan to work out the relationship between England and Pakistan, which was dented after the former cancelled the tour in October citing security reasons. It seems the issues have been resolved as Harrison has assured it will get men’s and women’s teams playing in Pakistan and revive the cricketing ties between the two countries.
“This is just to reaffirm our commitment to Pakistan cricket to getting England teams, men’s and women’s teams, eventually playing in Pakistan at home,” he said.