PCB announce schedule for England tour

The tour will kick off with a Test at the iconic Lord’s ground

PCB announce schedule for England tour PHOTO: AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday announced the schedule of their men’s team’s tour of England next year. The five-week-long tour, which runs from July 30 till September 2, will see Pakistan take on England in three Tests and as many as T20Is.

According to a press release, the Test series will be Pakistan’s last World Test Championship (WTC) assignment in their 2019-20 season after they host Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in October and January with a tour of Australia sandwiched in between.

The three T20Is come up with an opportunity to prepare for the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia in October 2020.

The tour will kick off with a Test at the iconic Lord’s ground, where Pakistan came out victorious in their last two matches in the format with the margins of 75 runs and nine wickets in 2016 and 2018, respectively.

Pakistan cricket team schedule till 2023

The tour also serves up opportunities for Pakistan to register wins at Old Trafford in Manchester — where they last won in 2001 and were defeated on the 2006 and 2016 tours — and Trent Bridge in Nottingham, where they last played in 2010 and are yet to win a Test in four visits.

Pakistan, since 2016, have visited England every year. They toured the British Isles in 2017 for the ICC Champions Trophy and returned home with the prestigious silverware. In 2018, they toured England for a two-match Test series, which was drawn 1-1.

The next year’s tour will go down as Pakistan’s fourth Test tour of England this decade and the sixth this century.

England’s return tour of Pakistan will be in 2022 which will be a split affair. The three-match ODI series is scheduled for October and the three WTC Tests will be held in December.

Complete schedule:

1st Test match, England v Pakistan, July 30-August 3, 2020, Lord’s, London

2nd Test match, England v Pakistan, August 7-11, 2020, Old Trafford, Manchester

3rd Test match, England v Pakistan, August 20-24, 2020, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

1st T20I, England v Pakistan, Saturday August 29, 2020, Headingley, Leeds

2nd T20I, England v Pakistan, Monday August 31, 2020, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

3rd T20I, England v Pakistan, Wednesday, September 2, 2020, Ageas Bowl, Southampton.