A second England tour of Pakistan during the 2022-23 season is already in the pipeline, according to Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive, Wasim Khan.
The two-match series will take place in Karachi across 14 and 15 October, before both squads head to India for the T20 World Cup.
Second England tour of Pakistan planned
It’s a flying visit for Eoin Morgan’s side, but plans are already being formulated for more substantial tours in future years.
PCB chief, Wasim Khan, also asserted that Australia will soon tour the country for the first time in over a decade.
“I am delighted to confirm that England will be touring Pakistan to play two T20Is in October 2021,” he said in a PCB press release. “This will be their first visit to Pakistan for 16 years and will open the door for both Test and white-ball tours in the 2022-23 season.”
“The full-strength England squad will arrive at the backend of our home series against New Zealand. We also expect Australia to visit Pakistan for their FTP (Future Tours Programme) commitment in the 2021-22 season, with England returning for both Test and white-ball tours in the 2022-23 season.
“The October 2021 T20Is will allow the leading England cricketers to access and examine the world-class arrangements we will put together, which 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.”
Regardless of how brief it is set to be, the confirmation of the initial England tour represents a major step forward for Pakistan cricket.
For years, the national team were forced to play their home matches in largely empty stadia in the UAE.
Finally, though, after teams like Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka paved the way, the giants of international cricket are returning.
Beyond its symbolic value, the 2021 series should also provide high-quality preparation for both teams, in relevant conditions, in advance of the T20 World Cup.