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    Pakistan tour of England 2018

    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
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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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    Pakistan to play against Kent in a four-day match at The Spitfire Ground in 2018

    Kent will welcome Champions Trophy winners Pakistan for a first class match at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on 28-31 April 2018.

    It will be the eleventh time Kent will face Pakistan in a first-class fixture at Canterbury with the tourists triumphant in three of their previous visits.

    Head coach Matt Walker said: “We’re delighted to welcome international opposition to Kent again next season.

    “It will be a good experience for our players to face some top-level cricketers and provide an entertaining match for our supporters.

    “With the Women’s ODI at The Spitfire Ground later in the year, there’s a packed summer of cricket and we can’t wait.”

    There is also the added bonus of a four-day match between India A and West Indies A at The County Ground, Beckenham on Wednesday 4 July.

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    Essex will launch their defence of the Specsavers County Championship next April against Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley – an intriguing first fixture as head coach of the county champions for Anthony McGrath, as it will mean returning to the club where he spent 18 seasons as a player.

    “I was sort of expecting it,” said McGrath, recently announced as the successor to Chris Silverwood following his appointment as England fast-bowling coach. “It feels like a long time since I left Yorkshire already, and the first time I went back with Essex last year to Scarborough as assistant coach to Chris, we had a good win.

    “It’s a good fixture to get first because Yorkshire will give us a nice marker of where we’re at. We’ve got a tough start moving on to Lancashire at home, Hampshire away and then the return match against Yorkshire, so we’ll have plenty of focus in our preparations.”

    The opening round of six matches, which begins six days later than in 2017 on Friday April 13, also includes away games for the two teams promoted from Division Two, with Worcestershire travelling to Hampshire and Nottinghamshire to Lancashire – while Jason Gillespie’s first competitive fixture on his return to county cricket as head coach of Sussex will be against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

    Notts Outlaws face another trip north when they begin their bid to retain the Royal London One-Day Cup on May 17 – against Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford, meaning their head coach Peter Moores will also be returning to one of his former counties.

    The group matches in the Royal London One-Day Cup will again be played in a block early in the season, with the 18 counties split into North and South Groups, and each playing eight matches between May 17 and June 7. The winners of each group will earn a home semi final, with their opponents determined by play-offs between the teams finishing second and third in the two groups on June 14.

    The final will be played at Lord’s on Saturday June 30, clearing the way for the Kia Super League and T20 Blast to take centre stage in the domestic game for most of July and August – as announced on tuesday.

    Moores, who spent four seasons as head coach of Lancashire, said: “I’ll always have a soft spot for Old Trafford, and it’s a good place for us to start in the Royal London. I’m pleased the competition is being played in a block again next year, because I thought it worked really well in 2017 for players and coaches, giving us something to get our teeth into in the first half of the season. We saw some great cricket, and hopefully it will be the same again in 2018.”

    The 2018 fixture list, which is released in full this morning, also features nine day-night Championship matches, involving each of the 18 counties, which will again be played with pink balls – although unlike in 2017, when all nine matches were played in a floodlit round in late June, next summer they will be spread over four rounds, with one game in July when Sussex play Glamorgan, and another in August when Surrey face Lancashire at the Kia Oval.

    Alan Fordham, the ECB’s head of cricket operations, said: “With England preparing to play their second day-night Test in Adelaide this weekend, and a third already arranged for Auckland next spring, the ECB’s Cricket Committee has decided that it is important for us to continue providing experience of playing with pink balls in day-night conditions in the Specsavers County Championship.

    “Our first floodlit round earlier this year stimulated considerable interest, we have ensured that each of the 18 counties again plays one day-night fixture – and the fact that the matches are spread over three months should allow us to assess some different conditions.”

    Essex have also been chosen as the only county opposition for India on their 2018 tour which includes three T20 Internationals, three Royal London One-Day Internationals, and five Tests. The champions will face India in a four-day match at the Cloudfm County Ground in Chelmsford from July 25-28, before the first Test at Edgbaston.

    Kent and Northamptonshire will play four-day matches against Pakistan early in the season before their two Tests against England, with Pakistan also playing an historic Test against Ireland in Dublin in May followed by a two-day match against Leicestershire.

    Australia are also touring next summer, and they will prepare for a five-match Royal London One-Day Series against England with List A matches against Sussex at the 1st Central County Ground on June 7, and against Middlesex at Lord’s two days later.

    England Lions will play two games in Derby, and one each in Leicester and Northampton, in a 50-over Tri-Series against India A and West Indies A, in addition to a first-class four-day match against India A at Worcester from July 16-19.

    England Under-19s play two four-day “Youth Tests” against South Africa A at Scarborough and the Emirates Riverside followed by a three-match 50-over series which also takes in South Northumberland CC.

    Key county dates

    March 27-30: MCC Champion County match – MCC v Essex (Barbados).

    April 1-3: First round of MCCU fixtures.

    April 13-16: First round of Specsavers County Championship matches.

    May 17 – June 7: Royal London One-Day Cup group matches

    June 14: Royal London One-Day Cup Play-Offs

    June 17, 18: Royal London One-Day Cup Semi Finals

    June 30: Royal London One-Day Cup Final (Lord’s)

    September 24-27: Specsavers County Championship final round

    Day-Night Specsavers County Championship matches

    June 20-23: Hampshire v Yorkshire, Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire

    June 25-28: Derbyshire v Leicestershire, Durham v Warwickshire, Essex v Somerset, Kent v Middlesex, Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire.

    July 22-25: Sussex v Glamorgan

    August 19-22: Surrey v Lancashire

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    Good preparation for Pakistan leading up to the England series

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    Good preparation for Pakistan leading up to the England series
    Think most games will be played wearing thermals.....


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    Two pretty average Division 2 sides. Opponents in practice matches in England tend to consist of the U12s. Still better than nothing.

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    Actual dates of games

    Kent v Pakistanis : April 28-31
    Northamptonshire vs Pakistanis 4–7 May 2018
    LCCC v Pakistan (2 Day) 19th-20th May 2018


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    Can't wait for Pakistan to win their series and India to be crushed by the same opposition a few months later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    Can't wait for Pakistan to win their series and India to be crushed by the same opposition a few months later.
    Make a thread once the squad has been announced.

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    Still grumbling that it's only 2 Tests. Sod all the excessive white ball cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    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
    And so it should be. Green pitches are our best chance of pressing for victory. Those kind of decks give the likes of Ishant some teeth that he lacks when it's a road.

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    Doesn't April have 30 days? Or are we following a different planet's calendar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    And so it should be. Green pitches are our best chance of pressing for victory. Those kind of decks give the likes of Ishant some teeth that he lacks when it's a road.
    Green pitches should decide whether the Indian team are world beaters or not, looking forward to Kohlis performances on those pitches


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    What a shame .....................

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    SADIQ SPEAKS: EMERALD HEADINGLEY COULD PROVE DECISIVE THIS SUMMER


    By Sajid Sadiq


    There is no better illustration of the competitive and hard-fought nature of England versus Pakistan encounters than the images of two of cricket’s most respected players, Alastair Cook and Misbah-ul-Haq shaking hands at the end of the final Test at The Oval in the summer of 2016 where the enthralling four-match series ended in a 2-2 draw.


    The history of England-Pakistan Test cricket has many fine examples of closely fought matches and the 2016 series did not disappoint in that regard.

    Pakistan returned home from the series in England and were duly crowned as the Number one ranked Test side. To many admirers of Pakistan cricket, the victory in the Test series in England and the top ranking represented a significant step towards future greatness for a cricket side lead by the indefatigable Misbah-ul-Haq.

    More success in the Test arena was expected and would have been a natural progression based upon how the side was performing at that point.

    The subsequent ‘home’ 2-1 Test series win against the West Indies wasn’t a convincing one, and not what a side high on confidence from its tour of England would have expected especially on the placid and familiar pitches of the UAE.

    If the performances against the West Indies in 2016 were something to worry about, the following tours to New Zealand and Australia were to prove disastrous as far as results were concerned. Both series, albeit played under conditions not suited for sub-continental teams, resulted in embarrassing whitewashes.

    Suddenly, 2016’s outstanding performances and victories at Lord’s and The Oval seemed long forgotten, with all the frailties associated with some of the Pakistan sides of the past seemed to be back in force.

    Apart from the alarming decline in their Test form since the tour of England, the impending retirements of the two veterans in the shape of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan was another source of concern for Pakistani cricket lovers.

    The manner in which the two batsmen had provided stability in terms of runs and their calm demeanor in the face of tough situations was something that a relatively inexperienced Pakistan side would miss in the coming days and months.

    The tour of West Indies in April-May of 2017 was a memorable swansong for Misbah and Younis and they left the Test arena having helped Pakistan to a historic first Test series victory in the Caribbean.

    The eyes of the cricket world then shifted to the Champions Trophy being held in England that summer where after an unexpected fairytale run of good performances, Pakistan under the leadership of the effervescent Sarfaraz Ahmed lifted the ICC Trophy at The Oval on 18th of June.

    Soon afterwards, Sarfaraz was rewarded for his efforts in the shorter format of the game with the captaincy of the Pakistan Test side. The feel-good factor associated with the Champions Trophy victory was one reason that Sarfaraz was asked to lead the side with the expectation that success in a premier ICC tournament would somehow rub-off in the Test format as well.

    The expectations were obviously wrong as the visiting Sri Lanka side proved in September-October of 2017. Pakistan suffered a whitewash in the UAE with Sri Lanka walking away with a 2-0 Test series victory, leaving a very embarrassed and confused Pakistan side in its wake.


    Whilst Sarfaraz Ahmed’s leadership in Limited overs internationals had been a revelation for Pakistan who had been struggling to make a mark on the world stage in the shorter formats, he clearly has a long way to go in Tests as the results in his debut series as captain against Sri Lanka showed recently.

    Pakistan’s next assignment in Tests is a one-off history-making match against Ireland in May, which will be followed by a short two-match Test series against England.

    England for their part have had a torrid time in the recently completed Ashes in Australia where they were convincingly beaten by a 4-0 margin by the hosts. A drubbing of that nature against their arch-rivals will have hurt many England players and Pakistan who will be their next Test opponents may well face the brunt of the home side’s will to show that they are as competitive as ever.

    On the flipside, a deeply disheartened England side may well be the perfect opponents for Pakistan who have historically lifted their game against the odds when visiting England. The visiting Pakistan side, although devoid of the experience of Misbah and Younis, will have a number of worthy names who could easily take the game to the opponents.

    In Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, the visitors will have the type of batsmen who can provide the base and stability that a historically brittle Pakistan batting line-up has always needed. But, the real surprise package could come in the shape of the lesser known batsmen such as Sami Aslam who has already shown his abilities to play in English conditions during the previous tour of England in 2016. Or, as Hasan Ali showed in the Champions Trophy, he too could be a handful for England batsmen in the upcoming series.

    Given the short nature of the Test series, the 2nd Test to be played at Headingley between 1st and 5th June is very likely to decide the final result of the series and as such should be a cracker of a game for fans and followers of cricket irrespective of which team they follow.

    The sight of James Anderson bowling against any number of Pakistan’s top yet inexperienced batsmen or Yasir Shah mesmerizing England’s finest with his repertoire will be a sight that fans of the game at Headingley are likely to remember for a long time.

    England’s tour of Australia may not have gone to plan and Sarfaraz’s last outing as captain was nothing short of a disaster, but make no mistake that all of those previous results will have no bearing when the two sides clash at Headingley this summer.

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    Pakistan's Next Series is in May!

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan...plate=fixtures

    So after the 3rd T20 vs NZ on 28th Jan, our next fixture is in May - 1st Test v Ireland.

    And we don't play another ODI till God knows when...no ODIs vs Eng/Scot/Ireland.

    What is the PCB doing regarding our fixtures!? Why aren't we playing more cricket.

    So between Feb and May we have 3 months (Feb, Mar, April) and we are busy with PSL for 1 month....i.e. we are not playing any internationals for 2 months!!! Thats ridiculous by PCB

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    I guess we have to take part in Asia cup somewhere around April, though not sure whether It'll be again played in T20 format or not.

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    PSL is the reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketingMinds View Post
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan...plate=fixtures

    So after the 3rd T20 vs NZ on 28th Jan, our next fixture is in May - 1st Test v Ireland.

    And we don't play another ODI till God knows when...no ODIs vs Eng/Scot/Ireland.

    What is the PCB doing regarding our fixtures!? Why aren't we playing more cricket.

    So between Feb and May we have 3 months (Feb, Mar, April) and we are busy with PSL for 1 month....i.e. we are not playing any internationals for 2 months!!! Thats ridiculous by PCB
    We have some random T20 series vs West Indies in Pakistan in April apparently. As if we haven't played enough T20Is lately. A WC isn't even around the corner.

    Sethi is only interested in hoggling the glory from PSL and arranging these meaningless home series so he can claim he "brought cricket home" to feed his ego.

    Our schedule since the CT has been appalling, its like playing for the national team is a part time job !

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    SADIQ SPEAKS: WE COULD BE IN FOR A CLASSIC SERIES

    By Sajid Sadiq

    The buzz of excitement that accompanies any impending tour of England by Pakistan is palpable in the views of fans and experts around the world, as we are just a few months away from the Test series.

    The very nature and intensity of the Test encounters on English soil between the two sides since 1954 has guaranteed immense interest in cricket followers in both nations and the upcoming series which will consist of two Tests to be played in May-June at Lord’s and Emerald Headingley is no different in that sense.

    To the true connoisseurs of the game, the quality of the battle between the bat and the ball is one important reason why the England-Pakistan rivalry is held in high regard.

    Whilst a total of 51 games of amazing intensity have been played between the two sides in England, the following three encounters are prime examples of what makes these series so special.


    ENGLAND VERSUS PAKISTAN: 2ND TEST AT LORD’S, JUNE 18-21, 1992.

    With the memories of a loss to Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup final fresh in the minds of many England cricketers and fans, the 1992 tour of England was bound to be a ‘grudge’ series between the two sides. And with the excitable Javed Miandad as captain of Pakistan, it did not fail to live up to that billing.




    Whilst Wasim Akram’s fantastic bowling performance in the final of the World Cup was well known to England fans and players alike, Waqar Younis had missed the excitement of that victory due to injury and was ready to make his mark in the 1992 Test series between the two sides.

    The five-match Test series had begun with a rain-affected high scoring draw in Edgbaston and if cricket followers had any doubts about the lack of adrenaline flow in this series, they were in a for a shock in the next game at Lord’s as the two ‘Ws’, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, came to their own not for the first time in the series.

    England won the toss and elected to bat first and it appeared that they were heading for a big total with the score on 123/0, as Wasim Akram removed Graham Gooch on 69. What followed next was a procession of England batsmen, falling to a style of bowling which would become the hallmark of Pakistan’s feared pace duo. The term ‘reverse swing’ would be heard again and again during the remainder of the series and not all references would be complimentary to Pakistan’s bowlers.




    Waqar Younis ended up with 5/91 with England bowled out for 255. Pakistan’s batting which has been historically suspect on foreign tours was able to cobble together a score of 293 with Aamir Sohail top-scoring with 73. England in their second innings once again fell prey to the aggression of Wasim and Waqar as both pacers took six wickets between themselves, helping to bowl out the hosts for 175.

    If the two fast-bowlers felt that they had done their bit and could relax in the comfort of the dressing room and watch their side saunter to victory in chase of only 138 runs, they were sadly mistaken. The notorious Pakistan batting line-up duly collapsed to a shocking 8/95 before Wasim and Waqar once again came to Pakistan’s rescue to take the visitors to a tense two wicket victory on Day 4.


    ENGLAND VERSUS PAKISTAN: 2ND TEST AT MANCHESTER, MAY 31-JUNE 4, 2001.

    Whilst the 1992 Test series was the series of Wasim and Waqar, the 2001 encounter was one that Inzamam-ul-Haq will remember with fondness as he emerged from this series as the highest scoring batsman with 232 runs from the two Tests. His batting performances in the 2nd Test at Old Trafford where he ended up with 199 runs will surely go down as some of the best of his career.




    Waqar Younis as captain had won the toss and elected to bat in a must-win encounter for Pakistan as the series stood at 1-0 in favour of the hosts. Pakistan’s brittle batting order was immediately put to the test and reduced to 92/4 but a resolute 114 by Inzamam-ul-Haq and excellent support by Younis Khan, Azhar Mahmood, Rashid Latif and the tail took Pakistan to 403.

    The England batting line-up in reply were put to the test by a combination of pace and spin with Waqar Younis, Abdul Razzaq and Saqlain Mushtaq picking up seven wickets between them to restrict England to 357, despite hundreds by Michael Vaughan and Graham Thorpe.

    Once again, in the second innings, the Pakistan batting was indebted to Inzamam-ul-Haq for his 85 which along with a solid contribution of 49 by Mohammad Yousuf helped them score 323 runs, thereby setting England an unlikely target of 370.

    With the fifth day in progress, the match was meandering towards a draw and a Test series defeat for the visitors with England 196/2 at Tea. A crucial breakthrough by captain Waqar Younis with the second new-ball triggered an incredible collapse with the tireless Saqlain Mushtaq picking up four wickets as Pakistan bowled out England for 261 to claim a series-levelling 108-run victory.

    Whilst Inzamam-ul-Haq rightfully claimed the honours for the Player of the Match and Series awards for his brilliant batting, the role of Saqlain Mushtaq who claimed 6 wickets in this game was crucial and cannot be forgotten.


    ENGLAND VERSUS PAKISTAN: 1ST TEST AT LORD’S, JULY 14-17, 2016.

    It had been six years since Pakistan’s last Test series in England. This series had ended in rather sad circumstances due to the spot-fixing scandal which resulted in five-year bans for Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt. With both sides wanting to pass off the past events as ‘water under the bridge’, the opening Test of the four-match series began at Lord’s with Pakistan being lead by the indefatigable Misbah-ul-Haq.

    The previous encounter at the same ground had seen a rather subdued Pakistan team lose by a massive margin of an innings and 225 runs and given the less experienced nature of the visiting side, a result similar to the 2010 one was expected by many. Also of significance was the return of Mohammad Amir to Test cricket on the same ground where he last played before his ban.

    What transpired over the four days of the match truly did justice to the hype around this Test and will surely be something cricket lovers from both sides will treasure for years to come.




    Pakistan batted first after winning the toss and for a while, it appeared that despite Pakistan’s recent successes in the UAE, they remained vulnerable as ever to quality bowling overseas. Whilst England’s bowlers probably felt that they were well in control of the game at 134/4, what they did not account for was the resolve of Misbah-ul-Haq who defied his critics with a match-changing innings of 114. Pakistan ended up with 339 in the first innings and then it was time for the ebullient Yasir Shah to get to work as he ran through the England line-up by taking 6/72, with England bowled out for 272.

    Pakistan’s second innings proceeded in pretty much the same way as the first one, except that this time Misbah-ul-Haq could not repeat his heroics with the visitors being bowled out for 215. It appeared that the target of 283 was achievable for England but Yasir Shah was far from being done in this Test. Along with Rahat Ali who took 3/47, Yasir Shah added four more wickets to his first-innings tally to finish with a match haul of 10 wickets as Pakistan bowled out England for 207, thereby winning the opening Test by 75 runs.




    Whilst the manner of the win was fantastic, the memory of the Pakistan team doing push-ups in unison as a form of a victory celebrations is one that was captured by cameras and also caught the imagination of millions of Pakistan cricket followers around the world. The series was ultimately drawn but given the high quality of cricket that was played in 2016, the prospect of another such series in the early summer of 2018 is a mouth-watering one that fans will be looking to follow with eager anticipation.

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    July to August are our warmest months, and if the rain stays away, the pitches and outfield can be a bit dry, helping reverse swing and at times, worthy spinners. The batsmen should enjoy this one but I'm looking at the schedule and it says 5 test series. Why? India will be out of the running by the end of the 3rd test.

    Do they really want to be drubbed 5-0? Maybe they can draw one of those matches, possibly at Lord's. Jimmy is gonna be licking his lips.

    As for Pakistan, they are playing in the colder, sometimes wetter part of the year. It will help their bowlers, especially Abbas but the batsmen will severely struggle. I'm wondering how early they will arrive? The PSL ends over a month earlier, they should get their squad, go train and arrive in the UK 2 weeks before the first test.

    the key to their last performance was how well prepared they were. This should be no different.

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    Day Two of Pakistan Test Match Sold Out In Record Time

    Tickets for Day Two of England’s Second Test Match against Pakistan at Emerald Headingley have now sold out in record time.

    England take on Pakistan in the Second Test Match at Emerald Headingley from Friday 1st June before India visit on Tuesday 17th July for the Third Royal London One Day International.

    The popular Saturday of the Test Match has sold out four months in advance of the fixture, a record for a non-Ashes day of play at Emerald Headingley. Day One of the Test Match and Royal London One Day International are also on-course for early sell-outs.

    Mark Arthur, Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive, said: “We are thrilled to announce that Day Two has now sold out four months in advance of the fixture.

    “Despite the reduced capacity, sales have soared for this year’s internationals and the Club has shown significant growth. International sales are currently 32% up year-on-year and there is a 13% increase on when Emerald Headingley had a similar international schedule in 2016.

    “The Club is continuing on its great journey and it is very evident that there is a real appetite for international cricket in Yorkshire.

    “There are now fewer than 2,000 tickets left on sale for Day One and 750 remaining for the One Day International. We encourage anyone hoping to attend to secure their seats as early as possible.”

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    Pakistan needs to be in England 1 month before the tour and play 4 warm-up games of 3 days each to even have a chance of drawing the Test series. It would be a good achievement if our batters can score 200 each innings having been asked to play on these May/early June pitches.

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    With PSL timing I suspect Pakistan will do well to get there 12 days or so early and play 2x3 day games before the first test.

    Guys like Azhar who have the technique & application to score tough runs will need to play a pivotal role and someone else (Babar?) will have to write their own legend if Pakistan are to be competitive. Sarfraz can't afford to be a captain passenger either.

    Hassan Ali should enjoy a return to England. Abbas has a chance to enhance his reputation and if Amir doesn't produce in these conditions, sorry but he has to be dropped. If it seams, it spins as Warne always used to say so I'd bring along both Yasir & Khan so that you can play whichever wristy is in form.

    Very tough assignment to out bowl Anderson, Broad & Woakes in home conditions & also find enough runs to win games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    Should have given Pakistan another test and take one away from India. That would ease the pain a bit for India fans.
    Nah, I'm looking forward to a 5-0 Indian series win. The Indian pacers will prove too much for the English batsmen to handle

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    Quote Originally Posted by barah_admi View Post
    Do they really want to be drubbed 5-0? Maybe they can draw one of those matches, possibly at Lord's. Jimmy is gonna be licking his lips.
    I think you are getting your countries confused. It is Pakistan and not India which has made it a habit of being whitewashed, first NZ and Australia, and then by the mighty SL at home!

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