England to tour Pakistan in December to play 3 Tests in Rawalpindi, Multan and Karachi

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PCB confirms details of England’s Test tour of Pakistan

Lahore, 22 August 2022:

The Pakistan Cricket Board today confirmed details of England’s tour of Pakistan for three Tests, which will be played in December. This will be England’s second half of the tour, following seven Twenty20 Internationals in Karachi and Lahore from 20 September to 2 October.

Ben Stokes’ side will open the tour with the first Test in Rawalpindi from 1-5 December, before both sides move to Multan for the second Test from 9-13 December. Karachi will host the third Test from 17-21 December.

This will be the first time England will play a Test in Rawalpindi, which has previously staged 12 matches with the home side winning five and losing three. When England last toured Pakistan in 2005, they lost the Multan Test by 22 runs. The venue has staged five Tests, with Pakistan winning three and losing one.

National Stadium was considered Pakistan’s happy hunting ground until Nasser Hussain’s side in 2000 ended Pakistan’s 34-Test unbeaten record, winning the third Test in near darkness by six wickets. Pakistan’s only other loss in 44 matches in Karachi was against South Africa, who won the 2007 Test by 160 runs.

Nonetheless, with 23 Test wins, the National Stadium remains Pakistan most favourite Test venue.

Zakir Khan, PCB Director – International Cricket: “We are pleased that Pakistan and England Test rivalry, which has historically produced close and tight matches, will return to our backyards in December. Both the sides have evolved since they last played in Pakistan in 2005 and have recently been playing entertaining and exciting cricket. I remain confident this series will live up to the expectations of the global cricket fans who want to watch and enjoy competitive and thrilling matches.

“Pakistan cricket fans have waited for almost 17 years to see elite England players in action. And although they have enjoyed watching a number of them live in the recent editions of the HBL Pakistan Super League, nation versus nation Test cricket is the pinnacle where international stars and heroes are born.”

Clare Connor, ECB Interim Chief Executive Officer: “The return of our men’s Test team to Pakistan for the first time since 2005 will be an historic occasion. The opportunity to play Test cricket in front of passionate cricket-lovers in Pakistan after such a long time is something to be cherished.

“We have been working closely with the PCB over recent months and I am grateful to them for everything they have done, and continue to do, to make our Test and T20 tours a mouth-watering prospect for all involved.”

The three Tests will count towards the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23. No.4 ranked England are presently sitting in seventh position on the Test championship table, while sixth-ranked Pakistan are fifth.

Schedule of Tests:

1-5 December – 1st Test, Rawalpindi
9-13 December – 2nd Test, Multan
17-21 December – 3rd Test, Karachi

Schedule of T20Is (matches to start at 1930 PKT):

20 September – 1st T20I, Karachi
22 September – 2nd T20I, Karachi
23 September – 3rd T20I, Karachi
25 September – 4th T20I, Karachi
28 September – 5th T20I, Lahore
30 September – 6th T20I, Lahore
2 October – 7th T20I, Lahore
 
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England 3-0 knowing we have failures like Nauman, Sajid and expired Yasir in the line up.
 
England 3-0 knowing we have failures like Nauman, Sajid and expired Yasir in the line up.

Two evenly matched poor sides

Will be a cracker of a series. Expecting Pakistan to win 2-0
 
Light will be an issue in Pindi in December. Multan and Karachi will be fine. Hope we produce decent pitches
 
Will be a good exciting series for sure.

Will all those who jumped up and down about the 'Big 3' jazz last year when Nz and Eng pulled out be honest enough to say they were wrong?
 
if im free, i will buy tickets for pindi
 
Hopefully things improve in the country by then to have this series and big numbers come to the grounds to watch them.

Pakistan needs to improve the quality of pitches and the viewing experience both on TV and in the ground for spectators.
 
Will be a good exciting series for sure.

Will all those who jumped up and down about the 'Big 3' jazz last year when Nz and Eng pulled out be honest enough to say they were wrong?

Not sure it will be. Pakistan have a very weak bowling attack. Don't see how 20 wickets is going to be possible for them.
 
Stuart Broad 'likely to miss' Pakistan tour as England return after 17-year absence
England are set to play a Test match series in Pakistan for the first time since 2005, but veteran seamer Stuart Broad is reportedly set to miss the tour with his fiancee Mollie King due to give birth before the end of the year

England bowler Stuart Broad is reportedly unlikely to be part of the historic Test series against Pakistan this winter.

England are set to travel to Pakistan for the first time in 17 years and will play seven T20Is in September and October ahead of the T20 World Cup before returning in December for three Test matches.

It will be their first away series against Pakistan since 2015 and the first time they have played Test cricket there since 2005 after a terrorist attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in 2009 which resulted in the death of six police officers and two civilians saw teams refuse to tour there due to security concerns.

However, according to the Evening Standard, Broad is likely to miss the tour which will see England play three Test matches in Rawalpindi, Multan and Karachi. His fiancee, former Saturdays singer and BBC Radio 1 presenter Mollie King, is due to give birth to the couple's first child towards the end of the year.

As a result, the report states that Broad 'seems set to miss this winter's tour', having never played there in his 15-year international career. And his potential absence from the tour would mean Broad will have to wait over five months for another opportunity to represent England once the ongoing series against South Africa is concluded next month.

Due to the T20 World Cup, the three games against Pakistan are England's only Tests until a two-match series against New Zealand in late February. And Broad will be hoping to finish the South Africa series strongly after admitting he was too "tentative" in the first Test at Lord's which England lost by an innings and 12 runs.

In a column for the Daily Mail, Broad wrote: "Personally, maybe I was a bit tentative, questioning my rhythm and how my action was, instead of focusing on being really competitive. Perhaps I didn't have that attitude of 'I'm coming for you, batter,' that people associate with me.

"Perhaps I erred on the side of caution because I wasn't going into the Test match-hardened. We had not played for six weeks and you only have to be slightly off in your competitive spirit for it to show at international level.

"So what am I going to do when I get to Old Trafford? I'm going to be ultra-competitive. I've had my spell now, bowled 20 overs in a game, had a bat, took a catch. Now I'm coming to hit the arena hard."

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/cricket/england-pakistan-stuart-broad-test-27801331
 
Let's not make those monstrosities in the name of pitches this time.

Our best bet is one which has something for seamers. Let's bank on our best bowlers rather than some past it shells of spinners.
 
England’s Men’s Test squad will make use of Abu Dhabi Cricket & Sports Hub’s world-class training facilities during their winter camp ahead of their tour of Pakistan in December!
 
Rawalpindi in December will either be rained out, or swing-bowler's paradise. And there will always be lost overs of 15-25 because sun sets very early.

Andersen et al will enjoy Rawalpindi.

Pakistan should have kept it to Karachi & Multan for all three tests.
 
Joe Root speaking to Sky:

"I'm really excited [for Pakistan]. I've never been before. When you look at some of the games that have been there in the last couple of years, the teams touring there, it has looked great so really looking forward to getting out there.

"I'm really excited to do something different. Having played the game for 10 years in international cricket, to now get the opportunity to play there is a really exciting chance."

https://www.skysports.com/cricket/n...oving-forward-after-much-improved-test-summer
 
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We are in desperate need of a good spinner. A player like Ajmal (but with clean action of course) would have been great. Surely there must be one good spinner in this great country?
 
Let's not make those monstrosities in the name of pitches this time.

Our best bet is one which has something for seamers. Let's bank on our best bowlers rather than some past it shells of spinners.


Just make the same pitches we made for the South Africa aeries. It was good balanced cricket with seamers and spinners picking up wickets and runs for batsman too.
 
Test series will be exciting. I'd back Pak to be favourites on home soil.

Where are the life members of the BIG 3 gang? now that aus and Eng has toured, its BIG 3 now BIG 2 with NZ and u know who ?

for all so many years of india bcci bashing and the whole BIG 3 syndrome, i'll bet - none of the locals on this forum have the cojones to come out and say the three words that solve most of the probs exisiting
' I was wrong' ...
 
Joe Root speaking to Sky:

"I'm really excited [for Pakistan]. I've never been before. When you look at some of the games that have been there in the last couple of years, the teams touring there, it has looked great so really looking forward to getting out there.

"I'm really excited to do something different. Having played the game for 10 years in international cricket, to now get the opportunity to play there is a really exciting chance."

https://www.skysports.com/cricket/n...oving-forward-after-much-improved-test-summer

Is Joe Root completely out of the t20 setup?
 
England’s Test team are to be joined on tour by a chef for the first time when they arrive in Pakistan this weekend.

It is understood that concerns were raised after a number of players fell ill on the T20 tour of Pakistan in September, prompting England to take their dining options into their own hands. By turning down the hospitality of local hotels and cricket grounds, the decision could risk offending hosts in a country England went 17 years without visiting.

While it is common in other sports for a chef to travel with teams, England’s cricketers are not thought to have taken one on tour with them before.

Previously, Brendon McCullum has made a concerted effort to slim down England’s bloated backroom staff, with one of his first acts as Test head coach being to dismiss the nutritionist, who had previously travelled with the team, following a dispute over bacon sandwiches at Lord’s.

It is understood that Omar Meziane, who has worked with England's football team and Harlequins, will be the travelling chef.

Whether the vulnerability of Jack Leach, who has Crohns disease and therefore a weakened immune system (which led to him contracting sepsis on tour in New Zealand three years ago) came into the equation is unknown.

Moeen Ali captained England on the T20 tour earlier this year and jokingly observed that “food-wise, I have been a little bit disappointed in Lahore. Karachi was really nice”. The venues for the three Tests are Rawalpindi, Multan, and Karachi.

The England team’s nutrition has previously drawn ridicule, with the Australian media taking great delight in an 82-page dietary document sent to each of the venues for the 2013/14 Ashes whitewash. Among the 200 or so options were “mini mushroom and spinach bhajis” to “quinoa with roasted butternut squash, apricot and parsley”.

The chef will join up with the squad when they arrive in Pakistan on Sunday. The players are currently in Abu Dhabi, where they attended the Grand Prix over the weekend thanks to Ben Stokes’ sponsorship deal with Red Bull, and today enjoyed a day on the golf course.

Training begins in earnest on Tuesday, ahead of a three-day match against England Lions, who have been training in Dubai for much of this month. Jofra Archer is among that group, and is set to bowl in the match; it is hoped he will return to international action in the three match one-day series in South Africa in late January.

The only members of England’s squad yet to join up are Harry Brook and Mark Wood, who were given some time at home having toured Pakistan in September then travelled to Australia as part of the T20 World Cup-winning team.

Pakistan named their squad for the series on Monday. Shaheen Shah Afridi is not yet fit, while Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah are among those dropped. There is the intriguing possibility of a Test debut for Haris Rauf, the tearaway quick who has until now been a white-ball specialist.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket...Echobox&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1669055611
 
ABU DHABI: England’s Pakistan-bound Test squad will play a three-day warm-up match against England Lions here to race up their preparation for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan.

According to the details, England’s warm-up match against the Lions will commence tomorrow and will conclude on November 25.

Following this, the English squad will take a rest day on November 26 before departing for Pakistan a day later.

England Test captain Ben Stokes will not participate in the warm-up match against the Lions due to excessive workload and Olly Pope will take up the leadership responsibility in the former’s absence.

Injury-prone English pacer Jofra Archer will represent England Lions, led by Dan Lawrence.

It is pertinent to mention that the three-match Test series between Pakistan and England will take place from December 1 to 21. Rawalpindi, Multan and Karachi will respectively host the matches.

A-sports
 
Leicestershire leg-spinning allrounder Rehan Ahmed has been officially added to England Men’s Test squad for the tour of Pakistan.

The 18-year-old, who has been with the Lions in their red-ball training camp in the UAE and is currently playing in the three-day warm-up fixture against the England Test squad in Abu Dhabi, has impressed coaches with his attitude and genuine potential to be given his first call up to the senior side.

If selected during the three-match Test series, the first time England are playing in Pakistan in 17 years, he will become the youngest player to play Test cricket for England Men, surpassing Yorkshire’s Brian Close, who represented the three lions at 18 years 149 days against New Zealand in July 1949.

England Men’s red-ball Head Coach, Brendon McCullum, said:

“We know he’s not the finished article and has raw potential, but Ben (Stokes), myself and the rest of the coaches like how he approaches his game. The experience of being part of the squad in Pakistan will be hugely beneficial for him, and he will add to the make-up of our squad.”

On Saturday, England will fly to Pakistan after their Test camp at the Abu Dhabi Cricket and Sports Hub. The first Test starts in Rawalpindi on 1 December.
 
Nobody wants to play in Lahore because the food is terrible and the city looks and smells awful.
 
Leicestershire leg-spinning allrounder Rehan Ahmed has been officially added to England Men’s Test squad for the tour of Pakistan.

The 18-year-old, who has been with the Lions in their red-ball training camp in the UAE and is currently playing in the three-day warm-up fixture against the England Test squad in Abu Dhabi, has impressed coaches with his attitude and genuine potential to be given his first call up to the senior side.

If selected during the three-match Test series, the first time England are playing in Pakistan in 17 years, he will become the youngest player to play Test cricket for England Men, surpassing Yorkshire’s Brian Close, who represented the three lions at 18 years 149 days against New Zealand in July 1949.

England Men’s red-ball Head Coach, Brendon McCullum, said:

“We know he’s not the finished article and has raw potential, but Ben (Stokes), myself and the rest of the coaches like how he approaches his game. The experience of being part of the squad in Pakistan will be hugely beneficial for him, and he will add to the make-up of our squad.”

On Saturday, England will fly to Pakistan after their Test camp at the Abu Dhabi Cricket and Sports Hub. The first Test starts in Rawalpindi on 1 December.

Good luck to the young lad, hopefully he will get right coaching he needs to get to next level.
 
According to Sky Sports, Rob Key reaffirmed that there are no reservations about the Pakistan tour, and he is looking forward to the first Test in Rawalpindi beginning on December 1.

“From what I have heard so far, everything will go ahead. The one I trust in such a situation is Reg Dickason, our security advisor. All the players trust him because he has been around for a very long time. I’m not hearing anything from him to suggest that the tour won’t go ahead. We will be playing that first Test match and are looking forward to it,” said Key.

“It will be a historic tour. I loved the T20 series when I was out there; the security was as good as I have seen. So, we have got no worries and concerns,” he added.

In the meantime, Pope praised Pakistan's security after chatting with several T20I players who visited Pakistan earlier this year.

“I think it will go ahead. I have been chatting with the T20 guys, and their security made them feel incredibly safe. We trust the guys at the top of the ECB and the security guys, and we will back their decision,” the 24-year-old said.

https://cricketpakistan.com.pk/en/n...t-security-in-pakistan-ahead-of-historic-tour
 
Nobody wants to play in Lahore because the food is terrible and the city looks and smells awful.

Lahore can't host a test in December because of the smog. Lahori food is as good as it gets. You cannot judge the food of the city by the remarks of one player.
 
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Test cricket in Pakistan doesn't excite me, although it's great to see teams coming back to Pakistan. We used to prepare half decent pitches back in the days but since return of cricket in Pakistan, it has been one trash wicket after another. I expect all these grounds having roads again. Don't know when PCB will understand that lively good pitches will only benefit our pace factory, will produce better batsmen eventually and will intrigue teams to tour more. All Pakistani pitches need complete overhaul!
 
Test cricket in Pakistan doesn't excite me, although it's great to see teams coming back to Pakistan. We used to prepare half decent pitches back in the days but since return of cricket in Pakistan, it has been one trash wicket after another. I expect all these grounds having roads again. Don't know when PCB will understand that lively good pitches will only benefit our pace factory, will produce better batsmen eventually and will intrigue teams to tour more. All Pakistani pitches need complete overhaul!

Hasn't been a ball bowled yet!
 
Hasn't been a ball bowled yet!

Doesn't have to wait for a ball to be delivered. My reference was knowing PCB we know what kind of pitches will be prepared. If PCB is honest about reviving cricket in Pakistan they need to understand importance of good pitches, which so far they have badly failed to comprehend.
 
Test cricket in Pakistan doesn't excite me, although it's great to see teams coming back to Pakistan. We used to prepare half decent pitches back in the days but since return of cricket in Pakistan, it has been one trash wicket after another. I expect all these grounds having roads again. Don't know when PCB will understand that lively good pitches will only benefit our pace factory, will produce better batsmen eventually and will intrigue teams to tour more. All Pakistani pitches need complete overhaul!

Decent pitches? Pakistani pitches have been the worst pitches for bowlers of all sorts since 1970 .

Posters only remember he 90's which was an exceptional period when fast bowlers in particular were very successful in Pakistan .

Since the turn of the millennium, the pitches have once again become diabolical pitches which turn into SENA pitches for spinners and then revert to being Asian for fast bowlers.
 
Decent pitches? Pakistani pitches have been the worst pitches for bowlers of all sorts since 1970 .

Posters only remember he 90's which was an exceptional period when fast bowlers in particular were very successful in Pakistan .

Since the turn of the millennium, the pitches have once again become diabolical pitches which turn into SENA pitches for spinners and then revert to being Asian for fast bowlers.

Agreed....flattest pitches on earth

90s stats look better only due to the individual brilliance of Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib.
 
The England side arriving in Islamabad:

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Good to see England back in Pak forced or not. After Pak helped them by during the pandemic they owe us this visit.
 
Good to see England back in Pak forced or not. After Pak helped them by during the pandemic they owe us this visit.

Not this again.

PCB did not “help” ECB by touring in 2020 during the lockdown. They were simply looking after their own interests because had they backed out, it would have severely hampered the chances of ECB touring Pakistan any time soon.

You do not help others when your intention is to look after your own interests. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement between PCB & ECB. It was not a favor.
 
Alhamdullilah things are going smoothly. After the tragedy recently involving IK, there was a lot of fear that we may be going to back to 2009 times.
 
Not this again.

PCB did not “help” ECB by touring in 2020 during the lockdown. They were simply looking after their own interests because had they backed out, it would have severely hampered the chances of ECB touring Pakistan any time soon.

You do not help others when your intention is to look after your own interests. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement between PCB & ECB. It was not a favor.

Not what again? Yes we did help Eng out of a hole but now all is good after they have repaid us. Had Pak not toured Eng at the height of the pandemic then no one else would have done so then. It is not a favour now after Eng have arrived ready to get beaten:ht
 
Not what again? Yes we did help Eng out of a hole but now all is good after they have repaid us. Had Pak not toured Eng at the height of the pandemic then no one else would have done so then. It is not a favour now after Eng have arrived ready to get beaten:ht

West Indies toured England in 2020 lockdown a month before Pakistan did.

As I said, PCB did not do any favors. They were looking after their own interests. They would have traveled to England on barefoot if needed because they couldn’t afford to offend a powerful board who were in talks to tour Pakistan.
 
Not this again.

PCB did not “help” ECB by touring in 2020 during the lockdown. They were simply looking after their own interests because had they backed out, it would have severely hampered the chances of ECB touring Pakistan any time soon.

You do not help others when your intention is to look after your own interests. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement between PCB & ECB. It was not a favor.

This argument is so flawed.

No one is saying that Pakistan is mother Teresa and did this out of the goodness of their heart. They helped the ECB in a difficult situation, and the ECB should return the favour therefore.

If someone is in trouble, and I have the means to help them, then it is completely reasonable for me to expect them to help me in return when they have a similar opportunity.
 
This argument is so flawed.

No one is saying that Pakistan is mother Teresa and did this out of the goodness of their heart. They helped the ECB in a difficult situation, and the ECB should return the favour therefore.

If someone is in trouble, and I have the means to help them, then it is completely reasonable for me to expect them to help me in return when they have a similar opportunity.

There is a difference between expecting someone to help you in the future if needed & helping someone purely because you need a favor from them.

When you help someone because you desperately need something from them in the future, you are not doing them a favor. It is simply a mutually beneficial arrangement.

PCB knew that if they refused to tour England in 2020, it would have severely dented their chances of hosting them in the near future. They did not do ECB any favors; they were looking after their own interests.
 
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West Indies toured England in 2020 lockdown a month before Pakistan did.

As I said, PCB did not do any favors. They were looking after their own interests. They would have traveled to England on barefoot if needed because they couldn’t afford to offend a powerful board who were in talks to tour Pakistan.

The pandemic was at it's peak when Pak toured. Another thing is that England have no toured Pakistan for 17 years so are due to do so.
 
There is a difference between expecting someone to help you in the future if needed & helping someone purely because you need a favor from them.

When you help someone because you desperately need something from them in the future, you are not doing them a favor. It is simply a mutually beneficial arrangement.

PCB knew that if they refused to tour England in 2020, it would have severely dented their chances of hosting them in the near future. They did not do ECB any favors; they were looking after their own interests.

FTPs are there for a reason, favour or not one has to honour it. Not every country is like your beloved team....
 
Dinner hosted for the Pakistan and England teams at the PM’s House in Islamabad:

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I wonder what England players are doing in between the Tests?. Not being able to go out anywhere it must be very difficult to stay under guard all the time. I don't remember the British PM or then Queen ever invite our players for dinner. Is this protocol or another Pak inferiority complex thing?
 
Dinner hosted for the Pakistan and England teams at the PM’s House in Islamabad:

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday calling cricket a “common area of passion” between Pakistan and the UK, said the ongoing England cricket team’s tour to Pakistan would go a long way in building bridges between the two countries.

“Pakistan enjoys wonderful relations with Britain and cricket is one of the factors… And this is one common area of passion between Pakistan and Britain and that is cricket. I think your visit would go a long way in building bridges,” the prime minister said addressing a reception he hosted in the honour of England and Pakistan Cricket teams at Prime Minister’s House here.

He said that the Britains always supported the people in the cause of democracy and for their wellbeing by bringing investments through DFID in the education and health sectors.

The prime minister congratulated the England team for the win against Pakistan in the first of three test match series but was also confident to say that the Green Shirts would make a comeback in the next match.

He said the visit of England’s team after 17 years was a great moment as they had visited in 2005 when Pakistan was facing an unbearable level of extremism and terror attacks.

He said having sacrificed thousands of lives of soldiers, personnel of the security and law enforcement agencies, and ordinary Pakistanis, the country was finally able to “clean bowl” the terrorists.

The prime minister appreciated England’s support to Pakistan cricket and appreciated the team for showing “wonderful cricket.”

The prime minister also apprised the young cricketers of the past glory of Pakistan in cricket and mentioned AzharMahmood, late Hanif Muhammad, known as “Little Master” and AsifMahmood who had earned great fame in the world of cricket.

He said the Green Shirts had exhibited quality cricket in the recent past and hoped that they would continue to enhance their level to regain their place in the cricketing world.

The prime minister, who also gave away souvenirs to the captains of both teams, appreciated England Captain for his generosity of donating his match fee to the flood victims of Pakistan. This is perfectly in line with the British golden tradition of philanthropy, he said and conveyed his regards to Ben Stokes who could not attend the reception.

was facing an unbearable level of extremism and terror attacks.

He said having sacrificed thousands of lives of soldiers, personnel of the security and law enforcement agencies, and ordinary Pakistanis.

https://pakobserver.net/england-cricket-tour-to-go-a-long-way-to-strengthen-pak-uk-ties-pm/
 
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