Islamabad [Pakistan], August 22 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday announced details of England's tour of Pakistan for three Tests, which will be played in December.
This will be England's second half of the tour, following seven T20 Internationals in Karachi and Lahore from September 20 to October 2.
Ben Stokes' side will open the tour with the first Test in Rawalpindi from 1-5 December, before both sides move to Multan for the second Test from December 9-13. Karachi will host the third Test from December 17-21.
This will be the first time England will play a Test in Rawalpindi, which has previously staged 12 matches with the home side winning five and losing three. When England last toured Pakistan in 2005, they lost the Multan Test by 22 runs.
The venue has staged five Tests, with Pakistan winning three and losing one. National Stadium was considered Pakistan's happy hunting ground until Nasser Hussain's side in 2000 ended Pakistan's 34-Test unbeaten record, winning the third Test in near darkness by six wickets.
Pakistan's only other loss in 44 matches in Karachi was against South Africa, who won the 2007 Test by 160 runs.
Nonetheless, with 23 Test wins, the National Stadium remains Pakistan most favourite Test venue.
"We are pleased that Pakistan and England Test rivalry, which has historically produced close and tight matches, will return to our backyards in December. Both sides have evolved since they last played in Pakistan in 2005 and have recently been playing entertaining and exciting cricket. I remain confident this series will live up to the expectations of the global cricket fans who want to watch and enjoy competitive and thrilling matches," Zakir Khan, PCB Director said in an official statement released by PCB.
"Pakistan cricket fans have waited for almost 17 years to see elite England players in action. And although they have enjoyed watching a number of them live in the recent editions of the HBL Pakistan Super League, nation versus nation Test cricket is the pinnacle where international stars and heroes are born," he added.
Clare Connor, England Cricket Board Interim Chief Executive Officer: "The return of our men's Test team to Pakistan for the first time since 2005 will be a historic occasion. The opportunity to play Test cricket in front of passionate cricket-lovers in Pakistan after such a long time is something to be cherished."
"We have been working closely with the PCB over recent months and I am grateful to them for everything they have done, and continue to do, to make our Test and T20 tours a mouth-watering prospect for all involved," Connor said.
The three Tests will count towards the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23. No.4 ranked England are presently sitting in the seventh position on the Test championship table, while sixth-ranked Pakistan are fifth. (ANI)