England cricketers will tour Pakistan for the primary time since a lethal 2009 assault on the Sri Lankan workforce bus, the English and Wales Cricket Board introduced on Wednesday.
England will play two Twenty20 internationals in Karachi on October 14 and 15 subsequent yr in a transfer hailed as a “vital second for each nations” by the ECB’s chief govt officer Tom Harrison.
“It is an actual pleasure to announce that the England males’s IT20 squad shall be enjoying in Pakistan in October 2021,” mentioned Harrison in an announcement.
“This would be the first time since 2005 that an England workforce has toured Pakistan and as such it represents a major second for each nations.”
Harrison added that the precedence can be to make sure the squad operated below the best safety doable.
“As all the time, the security and welfare of our gamers and workers shall be paramount,” he mentioned.
“We’re working intently with the PCB to make sure all the mandatory plans are in place, particularly regarding the anticipated ranges of safety across the workforce, the proposed journey protocols and naturally the scenario relating to the fast-moving and ever-changing Covid-19 pandemic.”
His Pakistan counterpart Wasim Khan mentioned England’s tour was affirmation of the optimistic steps Pakistan had taken in assuring safety for visiting groups.
“England’s go to to Pakistan for the 14 and 15 October 2021 T20Is will present additional raise to our passionate followers,” mentioned Khan in an announcement.
“The nation has waited patiently for cricket to return sustainably to Pakistan and the 2021 excursions by South Africa, New Zealand and England will solely guarantee worldwide cricket is performed uninterruptedly.
“The improved progress made during the last two years has been right down to nurturing relationships with numerous cricket boards and worldwide gamers, in addition to constructing belief and confidence.
“The ECB’s affirmation additional endorses Pakistan as protected and safe.”
England had tentatively instructed they’d tour in early 2021 however on account of prior commitments to Sri Lanka and India they’d have been compelled to subject a second string squad.
The T20 internationals will function a warm-up for the World Cup being hosted by India in October and November.
Pakistan gained favour with the ECB in going forward with their tour of England earlier this yr — as did the West Indies — regardless of the restrictions positioned on the squad on account of coronavirus protocols.
Pakistan performed three Check matches, three one-day internationals and three T20Is in England.
“Importantly, this announcement speaks volumes for the connection that we’ve got with the ECB,” mentioned Khan.
“I want to thank the ECB for his or her sturdy will and need to make this brief tour a actuality.”
Worldwide cricket in Pakistan was placed on maintain in 2009 after gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan workforce bus in the course of the second Check in Lahore, killing eight individuals and wounding a number of gamers and officers.
England have subsequently performed Pakistan on impartial territory within the United Arab Emirates however Pakistan had mentioned that any future tour must be on Pakistani soil.