England in Pakistan – British proposed tour of Pakistan postponed to end of 2021


England’s tour of Pakistan is expected to be postponed until September or October, according to ESPNcricinfo, after plans for the tour at the end of January were dropped due to cost and availability concerns.With England’s test squad scheduled for playoffs in Sri Lanka and India in January and many of their best limited players due to be involved in the BBL, there had been the prospect of England sending the equivalent of a C team in Pakistan for what would have been the country’s first official tour in 15 years.

However, it is understood that both councils have agreed that such a historic occasion warrants a full England side. It is also understood that some at the ECB have expressed reservations about devaluing international ceilings by assigning them to players who could, under ordinary circumstances, be considered a third or fourth choice.

Although the trip may have lasted as little as 96 hours – the plan was to play a couple of matches in Karachi during this time – England were planning to hold a training camp in the UAE and hire a charter flight. for the team. It is understood that the costs could have reached around £ 800,000 for the trip.

The lack of star actors – at least on the English side – could also have had a ripple effect on the value of the broadcasting deal in Pakistan.

It now seems likely that both teams will use the postponed trip to prepare for the T20 World Cup set to be played in India in October and November. Although the exact dates are yet to be confirmed, it looks like England will leave almost as soon as the domestic season ends at the end of September and expect to play at least three T20Is in Pakistan with their full squad.

England have not toured Pakistan since Michael Vaughan’s team visited in the winter of 2005. Although there are already plans to play a series of tests there at the end of 2022, the PCB has expressed its wish for an earlier visit than to show the ECB’s support for the return of international cricket to the country.

With Pakistani players having endured less than perfect conditions to help England complete their international matches in 2020, there is a feeling the ECB owes Pakistan a mutual favor.

The strong working relationship between the two CEOs, Tom Harrison of the ECB and Wasim Khan of the PCB, also played a role in compressing the tour into an already busy schedule.


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