Pakistan to play three Tests in England in 2020

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“A tour of England tests the skills and limits of the visiting sides and I anticipate this tour to help Pakistan furnish their red-ball skills” – Zakir Khan, PCB’s director of International cricket, said © Getty

Pakistan will tour England next year for three Tests, which will be part of the World Test Championship, it was announced on Wednesday (August 21). The tour will also consist of three T20Is and will start with the Test series on July 3.

The first Test will be played at Lord’s while the second Test will be held in Manchester (from August 7) and the final game will be hosted at Trent Bridge from August 20. The three T20Is will be played on August 29, 31 and September 2 in Leeds, Cardiff and Southampton.

It was also confirmed that England’s return tour in 2022 will be played in October (3 ODIs) and in December (3 Tests). “This tour holds special significance since this will be Pakistan’s first-ever tour of England for World Test Championship matches,” Zakir Khan, PCB’s director of International cricket, said.

“A tour of England tests the skills and limits of the visiting sides and I anticipate this tour to help Pakistan furnish their red-ball skills and also prepare them for the all-important ICC T20 World Cup in Australia latter in 2020.

“The PCB and the English and Wales Cricket Board enjoy an amicable relationship and this being Pakistan’s third bilateral tour of England in the last four years perfectly mirrors it. In 2010, the ECB provided the PCB facilities to host Australia in a two-match Test series.”

Pakistan have had some success in England, winning three of their last six Tests.

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