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England to commence UAE tour in Sharjah 

England will commence its upcoming tour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Sharjah, when they take on Pakistan A on the 5th of October. England are scheduled to play 3 tests, 4 ODI’s and 3 T20I’s against Pakistan, in the latter’s adopted home. England will depart on the 30th of September for the UAE tour. This means that the English players will be back to work just two weeks after the ODI series against Australia concludes. Playing during the months of October and November in the Middle East would be a daunting task as the mercury levels would simply be at their peak.

England will commence the tour in Sharjah, by playing a 2 day warm up game against Pakistan A. On 8th October, a second 2 day tour game is scheduled against the same opposition. The test series will begin from the 13th of October in Abu Dhabi. The remaining tests will be played from 22nd October and 1st November in Dubai and Sharjah respectively. This will be England’s first international tie in Sharjah after a span of 16 years.

The ODI series will begin from the 11th of November in Abu Dhabi. The remaining three ODI’s will be played on 13th, 17th and 20th of November in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah respectively. The T20I games are scheduled to take place on the 26th, 27th and 30th November. The first couple of T20I’s will be played in Dubai, while the third one will be played in Sharjah.

This will be England’s first bilateral series against Pakistan since their tour of UAE which took place in early 2012. Back then, Saeed Ajmal had just bamboozled the English batsman as he ended the test series with 24 scalps. Pakistan had inflicted a 3-0 whitewash to England. Back then, England was the number 1 ranked test side. However, England came back strongly in the shorter formats as they won the ODI series 4-0, and the T20I series 2-1.

The tour will also be Trevor Bayliss’ first overseas assignment since taking over as the head coach of England. Two weeks after the completion of the UAE tour, England are scheduled to tour South Africa, for a tour consisting of 4 tests, 5 ODI’s and 2 T20Is.

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