England to play seven T20Is in Pakistan on their 2022 tour

The decision was announced after a meeting between England and Wales Cricket Board Chief  (ECB) Executive Tom Harrison and PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 10 November 2021 11:48 am

After Australia's tour of Pakistan in 2022 was confirmed recently, it is now being learned that England will also tour Pakistan in September 2022 and play two additional T20Is in addition to the originally planned five-match T20I series. The men's team will be returning to Pakistan after the T20 World Cup 2022 to feature in a three-match Test series.

It should be noted that the Three Lions had pulled out of the Pakistan tour earlier this year at the last minute citing "bubble fatigue" for its players. However, no decision has been taken yet on the women's team who were also set to face each other in white-ball series consisting of ODIs and T20Is.

The decision was announced after a meeting between England and Wales Cricket Board Chief  (ECB) Executive Tom Harrison and PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja.

"Myself and ECB's Senior Director Martin Darlow visited Lahore to talk face to face with the PCB around some of the things that have happened over the past few weeks, leading to the cancellation of our tour in October," ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison said on Tuesday (November 9).

"We also wanted to discuss the future as the two boards have a historic relationship and want to move the agenda towards a forward-looking one as opposed to one looking back," he added.

"I don’t think there’s a cricketer in England who doesn’t want to test their abilities against the huge talent this country has and in the conditions they know best," he added.

Meanwhile, Raja in his statement stated that the ECB have shown large-heartedness by their gesture.

"I'm thankful to the England Cricket Board (ECB), as it wasn't easy for them. They were under pressure and we became emotional when the pullout took place. Everyone saw how Pakistan made its case, and the result is they came here," Raja could be seen saying in the video.

"The only thing is we and the ECB must walk together because it's important for every board to understand each other, their frustrations, meet the expectations. I think the ECB also understood they committed a mistake by withdrawing, and it was a knee-jerk reaction," Raja said in the video.

Meanwhile, the current focus of Pakistan's men's team would be to win the T20 World Cup where they have already reached the semis and remain the only team in the competition to stay unbeaten. They will take on Australia in Dubai on Thursday.