Pakistan will play a full-fledged “home” series against England in United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October and November. The series will be comprised of three Tests, four one-day internationals and three Twenty20s in October and November.
In May, Pakistan Cricket Board hosted Zimbabwe in a three ODI and two T20 matches series that broke the six years long cricket dry in the country since a deadly terrorist attack on the visiting Sri Lanka cricket team bus in Lahore forced other foreign teams to avoid playing Pakistan on Pakistan soil.
The scenario remains same for Pakistan as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was not convinced by the idea of PCB. As result Pakistan have to continue to play their home series in “adopted home ground” UAE.
The first Test will be held in Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi between October 13 and 17, with the second Test starting five days later at the Dubai Cricket Stadium; and the final Test will be held between November 1 and 5, Sharjah Cricket Club.
“We are pleased to have agreed the schedule for this series. Our last tour to UAE saw Pakistan win the Test series while we were victorious in both the ODI and T20 series,” said ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison.
We expect this autumn’s tour will be equally hard fought.”
Pakistan clinched the Test series in Sri Lanka 2-1 last month which helped them to jump to No. 3 in the current ICC Test ranking. Along with the Test series Pakistan have also clinched the ongoing One-Day series against Sri Lanka 3-1 with one match yet to play. In the last ODI Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka the by seven wickets on Wednesday.
England, on their last UAE tour, lost the Test series to Pakistan, but went on to clinch the ODI and t20 series.
“As is evident from its away wins in Sri Lanka, Team Pakistan is upwardly mobile and we hope that it would maintain this trajectory against England across the three formats,” chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan said in a statement on Thursday.
Abu Dhabi will organize back to back ODIs on Nov. 11 and 13 while the remaining two ODIs will be played at Sharjah (Nov. 17) and Dubai (Nov. 20).
England will round of its tour with two Twenty20s on Nov. 26 and 27 at Dubai before Sharjah hosts the last T20 on Nov. 30.
Oct. 13-17: First Test at Abu Dhabi
Oct. 22-26: Second Test at Dubai
Nov. 1-5: Third Test at Sharjah
Nov. 11: First ODI at Abu Dhabi
Nov. 13: Second ODI at Abu Dhabi
Nov. 17: Third ODI at Sharjah
Nov. 20: Fourth ODI at Dubai
Nov. 26: First T20 at Dubai
Nov. 27: Second T20 at Dubai
Nov. 30: Third T20 at Sharjah