England Test tour opens with the first Test in Rawalpindi on December 1-5, before Multan hosts the second on December 9-13
KARACHI: England’s first test series in Pakistan in 17 years will begin in Rawalpindi on 1 December, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said when it released the match schedule on Monday.
The dates for the Twenty20 series of games have already been announced, but the long-awaited three-game Test series will see the return of the England team.
PCB Director Zakir Khan said in a statement: “We are delighted that the Pakistan-England testing rivalry, which has been a close contest in the past, will return to our backyard in December.
The Tour will be held from December 1-5. Starting with the first test in Rawalpindi on Sunday, the second test will be held in Multan from December 9-13.
The third and final test will be held in Karachi from December 17-21.
England last toured in 2005 and Pakistan were forced to play an international match at a neutral venue after the Sri Lanka team’s bus was attacked in Lahore in 2009.
International His cricket has made a gradual comeback since his 2015, but after withdrawing from the tour citing safety warnings, he played another in New Zealand minutes before the start of his one-day international match last September. suffered a setback.
A week later, England have canceled their men’s and women’s tours to Pakistan.
Pakistan successfully hosted Australia earlier this year for the first time since 1998.
Claire Conner, deputy chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, said: “Pakistan cricket fans have been waiting for nearly 17 years to see the UK’s elite players in action.
Three games count towards the ICC World Test Championship.
Pakistan now ranks him 5th and England ranks him 7th.
Schedule of Tests:
- First Test: December 1-5, Rawalpindi
- Second Test: December 9-13, Multan
- Third Test: December 17-21, Karachi