Islamabad, 20 September 2022 (TDI): The England cricket team arrived in Pakistan for the first time in 17 years on September 15. Both teams will play 7 T20 Internationals in Karachi and Lahore.

England team returns to Pakistan

Seventeen years ago, England’s cricket team played its last match at Rawalpindi. The two sides have played on neutral soil in the UAE for three tours in the intervening years.

Most recently in 2015, but for many years, especially after the events outside the Gaddafi Stadium in March 2009, a return to actual cricket on Pakistani soil seemed inconceivable.

England was due to visit last year though canceled at short notice after New Zealand pulled out of a tour citing safety concerns.

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As both countries prepare for next month’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, the 19-man visiting team, led by Jos Buttler, will play seven T20I matches against Pakistan in Karachi and Lahore from September 20 to October 2.

Squads of both teams

Pakistan’s squad includes Babar Azam (C), Shadab Khan, Muhammad Rizwan, Asif Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shan Masood, Aamer Jamal, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Haris, Haris Rauf, Abrar Ahmed, Muhammad Hasnain, Muhammad Waseem, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.

England’s squad includes Jos Buttler (C), Moeen Ali, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Dawid Malan, Harry Brook, Jordan Cox, Will Jacks, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Liam Dawson, Sam Curran, Phil Salt, Adil Rashid, Luke Wood, Mark Wood, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, Richard Gleeson, and Tom Helm.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will donate gate receipts from Pakistan’s first T20I against England, in Karachi on September 20, to flood-relief efforts to help the country deal with the catastrophic situation that has caused over 1000 deaths.

The first cricket match between both teams will be played between both teams today on 20 September at National Stadium Karachi at 7 PM.