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    Pakistan to play two Tests in England in 2018 (Full ECB schedule released)

    England’s men face world number no 1 Test side India in summer 2018 alongside contests against Pakistan, Australia and Scotland.

    The ECB today announced next summer’s international schedule for England’s men’s teams. England will play seven Tests, nine One Day Internationals and four International T20 matches, facing four different international teams.

    The summer 2018 schedule brings international matches against:

    PAKISTAN - The international summer starts at Lord’s with the first of a two-match Test series against Pakistan. The second Test, in what promises to be a closely contested series after the teams ended all square (2-2) in last summer’s Test series, will be played at Emerald Headingley.

    SCOTLAND – The first One Day International of summer 2018 takes England to Edinburgh, where they are hosted by Scotland ahead of England’s series of white ball matches against Australia in June.

    AUSTRALIA - A five match ODI series against Australia brings matches to The Kia Oval, The SSE SWALEC in Cardiff, Trent Bridge, Emirates Riverside, and Emirates Old Trafford. Edgbaston will also host a T20 International to round off Australia’s tour.

    INDIA - The world’s number one Test side face England in a five-match Test series in this country for only the second time since 1959. The tour starts in July with a 3-match IT20 series followed by a 3-match ODI series.

    Edgbaston, Lord’s, Trent Bridge, the Ageas Bowl and The Kia Oval will all host Test Matches against an Indian side which lost 3-1 in their last Test series here in 2014, but defeated England 4-0 in last winter’s Test series on the sub-continent.

    Emirates Old Trafford, Cardiff’s SSE SWALEC, and The Brightside Ground, Bristol will host the T20 Internationals with Trent Bridge, Lord’s and Emerald Headingley set to stage One-Day Internationals.

    Confirming the schedule, ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said:

    “A five-Test series against India is at the heart of next summer’s international programme. This is always a much-anticipated contest which attracts a huge following across the globe for the five-day game.

    “Test Match cricket has a strong, consistent and passionate following across England and Wales and the seven summer Tests, starting with the Pakistan matches, are sure to attract good crowds

    “Alongside these, England’s white-ball contests against India, Australia and Scotland will give a fascinating guide to form ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup, to be staged here in 2019.

    “We are pleased to have a very loyal following for all three formats of the game and we expect to attract great crowds across the summer. The universal on-sale date was a great success for the venues and fans last year and we will repeat that again this year. What also stays the same is that we would urge fans to apply early and plan for a big summer of cricket. “


    International Schedule 2018

    Pakistan to UK 2018
    Thu 24-Mon 28 May 1st Test Match Lord’s (11am)
    Fri 1-Tue 5 June 2nd Test Match Emerald Headingley (11am)


    Sun 10 June Scotland v England ODI Grange CC, Edinburgh (11 am)

    Australia to UK 2018
    Wed 13 June 1st ODI Kia Oval D/N (1 pm)
    Sat 16 June 2nd ODI The SSE SWALEC, Cardiff (11am)
    Tue 19 June 3rd ODI Trent Bridge D/N (2pm)
    Thu 21 June 4th ODI Emirates Riverside D/N ( 2pm )
    Sun 24 June 5th ODI Emirates Old Trafford (11am)
    Wed 27 June IT20 Edgbaston D/N (6.30pm)


    India to UK 2018

    Tue 3 July 1st IT20 Emirates Old Trafford (5.30pm)
    Fri 6 July 2nd IT20 The SSE SWALEC, Cardiff (5.30pm)
    Sun 8 July 3rd IT20 The Brightside Ground, Bristol (2pm)
    Thu 12 July 1st ODI Trent Bridge (12.30pm)
    Sat 14 July 2nd ODI Lord’s (11am)
    Tue 17 July 3rd ODI Emerald Headingley (12.30pm)
    Wed 1-Sun 5 Aug 1st Test Match Edgbaston (11am)
    Thu 9-Mon 13 Aug 2nd Test Match Lord’s (11am)
    Sat 18-Wed 22 Aug 3rd Test Match Trent Bridge (11am)
    Thu 30 Aug-Mon 3 Sept 4th Test Match Ageas Bowl (11am)
    Fri 7-Tue 11 Sept 5th Test Match Kia Oval (11am)

    Domestic Finals 2018

    Sat June 30 One-Day Cup Final Lord’s (11 am)
    Sat Sept 15th T20 Blast Finals Day Edgbaston (11 am)
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    What about the warm-up matches?

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    Might pop over to Headingley for that.

    Good to see a schedule released eight months in advance.

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    5 test match series vs India next year, nice, kohli is licking his lips to set the record straight once and for all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Might pop over to Headingley for that.

    Good to see a schedule released eight months in advance.
    That is what the professional boards do and I am sure,if not already,they will release the full schedule for their domestic cricket as well very soon.Here,we can't expect that from PCB.They even don't know when to play T20 cup now.

    Can you clarify to me if there is an agreement between the broadcaster and ECB for the no. of test matches they will be showing per year?Is it 7?

    What about the warm-ups?

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    Playing England in cold overcast May including all the new batting changes is a recipe for disaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToeCrusher2 View Post
    5 test match series vs India next year, nice, kohli is licking his lips to set the record straight once and for all
    August means that pitches will be abrasive and not have much juice compared to May, June or early July even

    Best chance for Kohli


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fantasy View Post
    That is what the professional boards do and I am sure,if not already,they will release the full schedule for their domestic cricket as well very soon.Here,we can't expect that from PCB.They even don't know when to play T20 cup now.

    Can you clarify to me if there is an agreement between the broadcaster and ECB for the no. of test matches they will be showing per year?Is it 7?

    What about the warm-ups?
    Yes ECB and Sky have a contractual agreement for 7 Tests each summer. It's either a 4-3 or 5-2 split.

    As for warm-ups, think that'll be decided nearer the time - they need to release the county schedules first so we know which counties will be available to play in a warmup.

    Quote Originally Posted by Inzi_fan_No_1 View Post
    Playing England in cold overcast May including all the new batting changes is a recipe for disaster.
    True but the series is between late May/early June which is later than usual for the first Test series of the English summer.

    Plus we have a good seam attack who can take advantage of the conditions - England have their own batting frailties.

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    Even WI got 3 tests and Pakistan get 2 and they as always agree on 2 as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    August means that pitches will be abrasive and not have much juice compared to May, June or early July even

    Best chance for Kohli
    Well he played during the same time of the year last time around and failed. 134 runs across 10 innings.

    He's scored runs everywhere else in the world so it'd be a bit of a downer if he fails in England this time as well.

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    Would have loved to see a 5 test match series after the memorable 2016 series, but oh well

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    I hope we will go with Amir, Abbas, Hasan and an AR as our seam attack. Will be great to see them bowl in swing/seaming conditions.

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    Looks like Pakistan will serve as the warm-up team for England. The contrast between how both sub-continental teams perform in a test series in the same summer in the same country is going to be interesting!

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    It should have been a tri series between Aus, England and Pak. Also, obviously would've liked 3 tests, but ECB want to maximize their revenues by playing India.


    Does cricket survive off of it's money or does it survive for it's money?

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    Shame two tests arent lords and oval, that would be guarenteed 2-0 pakistans series win. Lets hope they Team has 2/3 warm up games before the two tests and not be unprepared like they were when they played new zealand.

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    We will see what India are really like outside their home comforts as a test team, but it should be a good competative series.

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    So Pakistan are touring when the pitches will be green and fresh India are lucky with their schedule.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IAJ View Post
    So Pakistan are touring when the pitches will be green and fresh India are lucky with their schedule.
    But but I thought pak's strength is phassst bowling , you should be happy with the scheduling

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToeCrusher2 View Post
    But but I thought pak's strength is phassst bowling , you should be happy with the scheduling
    Udhar phaaast bowling bhi kuch nahi kar payegi.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IAJ View Post
    Udhar phaaast bowling bhi kuch nahi kar payegi.
    It will. We will run through England.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    It should have been a tri series between Aus, England and Pak. Also, obviously would've liked 3 tests, but ECB want to maximize their revenues by playing India.
    Tri-Series don't make much sense from a boards point of view anymore I guess. Less games for your team and your host broadcaster has less games of interest.

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    Brainless scheduling of the ODIs.

    They should have found a way to hold a quadrangular series between England, Australia, Pakistan and India when you have those three teams touring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Well he played during the same time of the year last time around and failed. 134 runs across 10 innings.

    He's scored runs everywhere else in the world so it'd be a bit of a downer if he fails in England this time as well.
    Till a year back I just had it down to coincidence and was sure he would correct it this time around

    But if you've watched him it's true that he still has weakness outside the off stump so it's not as straightforward

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    Tri-Series don't make much sense from a boards point of view anymore I guess. Less games for your team and your host broadcaster has less games of interest.
    Normally it doesn't. But Pak India matches sell out

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndYeah1 View Post
    Looks like Pakistan will serve as the warm-up team for England. The contrast between how both sub-continental teams perform in a test series in the same summer in the same country is going to be interesting!
    This is Pakistans third England tour in three years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inzi_fan_No_1 View Post
    Playing England in cold overcast May including all the new batting changes is a recipe for disaster.
    Bhai, thhoda aaram se... abhi ek saal hai

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rightarmfast View Post
    Bhai, thhoda aaram se... abhi ek saal hai
    8 months and 19 days


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    Should have given Pakistan another test and take one away from India. That would ease the pain a bit for India fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAJ View Post
    So Pakistan are touring when the pitches will be green and fresh India are lucky with their schedule.
    There is no way India would be touring anywhere in May. #IPL

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    Sigh. If the spot fixing scandal hadn't happened, maybe Pakistan could've played Tests against India. Maybe there could've been a quadrangular or tai-series involving PAK. Maybe, Maybe, Maybe...

    On the other hand, 2 Test series are disappointing, but playing against England in England for Tests just two years after 4 Tests is pretty great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefthanded View Post
    Sigh. If the spot fixing scandal hadn't happened, maybe Pakistan could've played Tests against India. Maybe there could've been a quadrangular or tai-series involving PAK. Maybe, Maybe, Maybe...

    On the other hand, 2 Test series are disappointing, but playing against England in England for Tests just two years after 4 Tests is pretty great.
    England always have a small test series and a big one

    Next summer India is main event with Pakistan as opener

    In 2016 Pakistan was main event with Sri Lanka as opener

    This summer due to Champions trophy the traditional format was changed

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    Would have preferred a 3 test series.

    India vs England should be a good series. A potential golden summer awaits Kohli. If he scores , the pitches will instantly become flat lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefthanded View Post
    Sigh. If the spot fixing scandal hadn't happened, maybe Pakistan could've played Tests against India. Maybe there could've been a quadrangular or tai-series involving PAK. Maybe, Maybe, Maybe...

    On the other hand, 2 Test series are disappointing, but playing against England in England for Tests just two years after 4 Tests is pretty great.
    Dont think spot fixing have anything to do with India-Pakistan games. India can't play Pakistan unless GoI gives green light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Normally it doesn't. But Pak India matches sell out
    As will any England ODIs against India, Australia or Pakistan hence why it wouldn't make much sense from the ECBs point of view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Would have preferred a 3 test series.

    India vs England should be a good series. A potential golden summer awaits Kohli. If he scores , the pitches will instantly become flat lol.
    they will be flat

    however the bowl should swing a bit regardless and his weakness will be tested regardless


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefthanded View Post
    Sigh. If the spot fixing scandal hadn't happened, maybe Pakistan could've played Tests against India. Maybe there could've been a quadrangular or tai-series involving PAK. Maybe, Maybe, Maybe...
    Spotfixing literally has nothing to do withwhy Pak-India dont play


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    5 tests against India but only 2 tests against Pakistan.LOL.

    Last series against Pakistan was much more competitive than last series against India. But but but .....big three.

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    @Slog @CanadianG00se

    You're both right. I was thinking that since India dead batted the idea of playing in UAE a year or two ago, allegedly because of potential corruption may have been actually true. It was likely an excuse. And the MCC would likely not be generous after specially hosting their matches against Australia because of spot-fixing.

    And it's true about the small series, but this year WI are playing 3 Tests and South Africa played 4. I know that India is going to have marquee series of 5 Tests more often vs AUS/ENG but it would've been a nice balance for us to have 3 Tests and India 4.

    Again, just dreaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefthanded View Post
    @Slog @CanadianG00se

    You're both right. I was thinking that since India dead batted the idea of playing in UAE a year or two ago, allegedly because of potential corruption may have been actually true. It was likely an excuse. And the MCC would likely not be generous after specially hosting their matches against Australia because of spot-fixing.

    And it's true about the small series, but this year WI are playing 3 Tests and South Africa played 4. I know that India is going to have marquee series of 5 Tests more often vs AUS/ENG but it would've been a nice balance for us to have 3 Tests and India 4.

    Again, just dreaming.
    I agree with ur second part. Pakistan should've got 3 test match series. I honestly think 5 test match series is overkill. It takes toll on players body to play 5 test matches on the trot specially those who play all formats.

    BCCI should never agree to 5 test match series in future.

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    We have dominated against england for the last 5 years. Lets see if englanf will finally win a series against us


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    The thing I like best about when Pak has a series against ENG or AUS is it's easy to get highlights of all the games (from ecb.co.uk or cricket.com.au).

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    Surely they can fit in another one as it could be 1-1 after two. India's visit will be the main tour, thank God for the Football World Cup!


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    India v England should be 4 tests & 5 ODIs rather than 5 tests & 3 ODIs. Cut 1 test and add more ODIs

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToeCrusher2 View Post
    5 test match series vs India next year, nice, kohli is licking his lips to set the record straight once and for all
    Lord's and The Oval are ideally suited venues for Asian teams as the pitch is usually quite flat (except for the mamba at Lord's in 2014) and they offer some turn and reverse. So India should look to win there.

    Ageas Bowl is pretty flat so your bowlers will have to work hard to get 20 wickets. Boring venue - would've been better to give Old Trafford this Test as there's a larger Indian population in Manchester.

    Trent Bridge is the most seam/swing friendly venue in England so that along with Edgbaston where England have a very strong record will be the toughest venues. Both pitches have decent pace and bounce.

    All that being said, England may produce five pitches with more grass than Wimbledon after seeing how badly their bowlers fared on flat tracks in India

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    Pakistan need to play 3 test match series.

    Unless Pakistan play 10 - 12 test Matches a year , they will not improve.

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    Lol two away Tests against England is a joke, would really have preferred to play 4 Tests. Those are gold...

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    Partisan trolling compels me to hope that we beat England in early summer and they go on to pulverize India and then some supporting articles in local press suggesting that series split should have been 3 and 4 not 2 and 5

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    Expect test series for Pakistan vs England to be 1-1 and expect India vs England test series to be 2-2 with ageas ball test drawn.

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    Playing test in southampton is stupid. They should let loose Durham and old Trafford on India. ECB just tryna give India a chance here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inzi_fan_No_1 View Post
    Playing England in cold overcast May including all the new batting changes is a recipe for disaster.
    England in particular London has gotten warmer over the years. June should be good weather..

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    Quote Originally Posted by htariq25 View Post
    Playing test in southampton is stupid. They should let loose Durham and old Trafford on India. ECB just tryna give India a chance here.
    Didn't England thrash India in their last test in Southampton...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianG00se View Post
    I agree with ur second part. Pakistan should've got 3 test match series. I honestly think 5 test match series is overkill. It takes toll on players body to play 5 test matches on the trot specially those who play all formats.

    BCCI should never agree to 5 test match series in future.
    I never thought about the 5 Test overkill because only the Ashes seems to be a 5 test event. Too used to it, but teams do get worn down. It makes more sense to play 3 Test series, just more often. Like SA and AUS sometimes did. At least once they toured each other in the space of 6 months or something. I thought that kept the narrative alive without going to a 5 Test series.

    I love Test Cricket and only see ICC tournaments, so I do want there to be Test Cricket most of the year.

    And yes, BCCI should probably keep it to 3 or 4 Tests. Want to see Kohli bat outside Aside more often.

    And you remind that the Ashes hasn't been alive after the 3rd or 4th Test for most series in the past 20 years.

    Shorter series, more tours and fewer SL and IND matches with 3 ODIs and one or two T20Is would keep players fresh and invested.

    Again, dreamy and not gonna happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    Didn't England thrash India in their last test in Southampton...?
    nope was a boring draw

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    Quote Originally Posted by htariq25 View Post
    nope was a boring draw
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/1...Investec-Test/

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    oops I got the wrong match. But still Southampton is more known for its limited overs games than test matches. Old Trafford is a much better test venue.

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