England’s men and women senior teams will embark for Rawalpindi in October. The Englishmen will visit Pakistan for the first time since 2005.
The news was confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board on August 13.
England’s men team will leave for Dubai after playing two T20Is at the Pindi Cricket Stadium. However, the women’s team will extend its stay for the ODI series.
This will be the last T20I series both Babar Azam and Eoin Morgan’s men will play before the ICC World T20 kicks off in the UAE and Oman.
Pakistan and England last locked horns in July. Morgan’s men whitewashed the Men in Green in the three-game ODI series and won the T20I series 2-1 at home.
England have held an upper hand over Pakistan in white-ball cricket in recent times, but things might change when the Englishmen play Babar Azam and co in away games.
Pakistan are a lethal team at home and beating them in the shortest format of the game in Rawalpindi will be an uphill task for Morgan’s unit.
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Azam Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir.
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Tom Banton, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey.
It is unclear yet whether some of the key players will opt out of the tour due to commitment in foreign leagues, but anything like that seems unlikely so far.
England are currently playing India at home. The Test series has seen a sensational comeback of KL Rahul who struck a 129-run knock in the first inning of the second Test to make a case for India.
His sixth Test ton has taken India to a mammoth total of 364. India skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were all praise to see the Punjab Kings captain make it big in England.
After the first game ended in a draw due to rain interruptions, the visitors seem poised to make it 1-0 in the second game. England skipper Joe Root was declared Man of the Match in the first showdown.
As of now, he’s nearing another century at Lord’s.
Haseeb Ahmed was another player who had the opposite experience in his comeback game. The England batsman was dismissed on a duck on the first ball, courtesy of a Mohammad Siraj special.
The delivery itself was not deceiving. It was lack of footwork from the County star that got to him. Hameed tried to play the ball too late and without coming onto his front foot.
The brain-fade moment has cost him one less chance to make his position permanent in the England squad.