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    Pakistan to tour England in 2021 to play 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs

    PCB announces Super League fixtures against England

    • Pakistan to also play ODIs against South Africa, Afghanistan, New Zealand and the West Indies in 2021

    • “If we have to qualify directly for the World Cup and also improve our ranking, then we have to play and beat stronger oppositions, and I know we are capable of doing this,” says Babar Azam

    Karachi, 18 November 2020:

    Pakistan Cricket Board today announced the schedule of its men’s national cricket team’s tour to England and Wales in July 2021 that will comprise three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs and as many T20Is.

    The ODIs will be played in Cardiff, London (Lord’s) and Birmingham on 8, 10 and 13 July, respectively while the T20Is will be held in Nottingham, Leeds and Manchester on 16, 18 and 20 July, respectively.

    England lead the points table of the qualification league for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 with 30 points from two three-ODI series. Pakistan share second spot with Australia on 20 points following a 2-1 series win over Zimbabwe, while Zimbabwe and Ireland are on 10 points each.

    The remaining eight sides in the 13-team competition are yet to play their opening fixtures in the Super League from which the seven top-ranked sides and World Cup hosts India will progress directly for the event proper to take place in October/November 2023.

    The ODI series against England will be one of Pakistan’s three away fixtures in 2021 with the other two being against South Africa (April 2021) and Afghanistan (September 2021). In addition to these away series, Pakistan will play two home Super League fixtures against New Zealand and the West Indies in October and December 2021, respectively.

    This will be Pakistan’s sixth consecutive tour to England. In 2016, Pakistan drew the four-Test series 2-2, won the ICC Championship Trophy in 2017, drew the two-Test series 1-1 in 2018, missed out on a place in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-finals by a fraction of a point and lost the three-Test series 1-0 in 2020.

    Pakistan captain Babar Azam: “England and Wales is our second home as we have been visiting it regularly since 2016. Apart from building relationships and understanding the culture, these tours have helped us to enhance and improve our cricket skills and knowledge, as we now have a good understanding of the conditions and wickets in that part of the world.

    “England are the world champions and the number-one ranked side in ODIs, while they sit second in the T20I table. Besides trying to collecting valuable Super League points, our overarching objective is also to improve our white-ball rankings. The series against South Africa, England and New Zealand provides us with opportunities to improve our rankings as lower-ranked sides are awarded more points if they win a series against the side that is ranked above them on the rankings table.

    “England boasts some outstanding and world-class cricketers, which is reflected in their team results in the past couple of years. But if we have to qualify directly for the World Cup and also improve our ranking, we have to play and beat stronger oppositions, and I know we are capable of doing this.”

    Pakistan is presently sixth in ODIs behind England, India, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, while Babar Azam’s side is ranked fourth behind Australia, England and India in T20Is. Pakistan sits seventh in Tests.

    Provisional schedule:

    8 July - 1st ODI, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
    10 July – 2nd ODI, Lord’s, London
    13 July – 3rd ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
    16 July – 1st T20I, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
    18 July – 2nd T20I, Headingley, Leeds
    20 July – 3rd T20I, Old Trafford, Manchester

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    Why do we have to play in England every year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Why do we have to play in England every year?
    Just like India have to play Australia every year

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    Fantastic! Already looking forward to see the boys play in England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mueez View Post
    Fantastic! Already looking forward to see the boys play in England.
    10th it July at lords. Can’t wait

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    Anything on crowds being allowed?

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    I think crowds are provisionally allowed since I got an email for a ballot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    10th it July at lords. Can’t wait
    Same! Hopefully we will do well.

    Iím so hyped after todayís news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Just like India have to play Australia every year
    India donít play in Australia every year. Besides, India is a top team.

    Pakistan has literally played in England every year starting with the 2016 tour. It is baffling how a powerful, influential board like ECB can find the space to host a small, mediocre team like Pakistan at home every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    India don’t play in Australia every year. Besides, India is a top team.

    Pakistan has literally played in England every year starting with the 2016 tour. It is baffling how a powerful, influential board like ECB can find the space to host a small, mediocre team like Pakistan at home every year.
    Money talks. PCB could shift its entire headquarters to london, select 4-5 venues as its home ground and play in England as its home venue due to the diaspora.

    I love England, I love my British asian identity! Thankyou ECB for this experience!

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    Good cricket.

    England vs Pakistan in any format is always worth watching.

    Pakistan is also a different team when they play in England. They definitely step up and perform better infront of passionate immigrant fans.

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    Summer of 2021 looks very exciting !

    Pakistan haven't won an ODI series away in England since 1974 though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Summer of 2021 looks very exciting !

    Pakistan haven't won an ODI series away in England since 1974 though.
    What could be the reason.

    England were very ordinary for a long time in white ball cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    India donít play in Australia every year. Besides, India is a top team.

    Pakistan has literally played in England every year starting with the 2016 tour. It is baffling how a powerful, influential board like ECB can find the space to host a small, mediocre team like Pakistan at home every year.
    Its a prelude to the main event i.e India tour of Eng in 2021 consisting of 5 test matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    India don’t play in Australia every year. Besides, India is a top team.

    Pakistan has literally played in England every year starting with the 2016 tour. It is baffling how a powerful, influential board like ECB can find the space to host a small, mediocre team like Pakistan at home every year.
    What probelm do you have Doc? Of course ECB knows better than you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    India don’t play in Australia every year. Besides, India is a top team.

    Pakistan has literally played in England every year starting with the 2016 tour. It is baffling how a powerful, influential board like ECB can find the space to host a small, mediocre team like Pakistan at home every year.
    Many British Pakistanis who support Pakistan will tune in and turn up to the match (assuming it is safe to by then, which I have some doubts about). Cricket is moderately popular with ethnic English people, but is far overshadowed by football, boxing, rugby, and soon maybe MMA. I'd imagine that British Asians help bring the views in fairly significantly.

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    [QUOTE=Mamoon;10955867]India donít play in Australia every year. Besides, India is a top team.

    Pakistan has literally played in England every year starting with the 2016 tour. It is baffling how a powerful, influential board like ECB can find the space to host a small, mediocre team like Pakistan at home every year.[/

    2017 and 2019 included ICC events ! Besides these fixtures are based on the FTP and the new One day super league . Stop being a bitter individual and cheer up mate .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Why do we have to play in England every year?
    Thatís good actually- India almost has monopolised Aussies & this was bound to happen - PCB & ECB are trying to find other avenues; otherwise BCCI will keep bullying everyone. In fact, it should have been done long back and initiatives should have been taken from PCBís end - they were at the receiving end. At least in UK, PAK tour can be made profitable. I have written it many times - when England & Australia were neglecting India (& they had a team to be neglected as well), SAF not being in consideration, PAK in no go territory from 1961 to 78..... BCCI filled the calendars with the only top team that were left -WIN .... lots of it, 4/5/6 Tests series in almost every alternate years 1948, 53, 57, 59, 61, 66, 70, 74, 76, 78, 82, 83, 87, 88 ..... PCB went to ZIM route. England is a welcome change.

    However, yes the onus is on PCT to be competitive, otherwise both ECB & PCB will loose interest going forward. At the end, rivalry has to be matched on field - donít think BCCIís riches would have lured Aussies to bring India every alternate year if the team was .... you know. In 1970s & 80s most frequent tourists in Australia were WIN & PAK - you can check records, for a reason and that wasnít for WICB or PCCBís might or muscle.

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    Great to see. 2021 tours look pretty exciting and challenging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    What could be the reason.

    England were very ordinary for a long time in white ball cricket.
    There was a tri-series involving England, Aus and Pak where England didn't win a single game. That all but counted as a series win even if it took a different form.


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    I liked this tour. Pakistan always seem to show more fight and are usually better acclimatized in England. Should be good tour. Now here's hoping the players and coaching staff are correct and qualified this time round.

    With at least a good couple of months to go, I would hope Pakistan try out some new players and focus on building a good, hardworking, aggressive team around guys like Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haider Ali.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    India donít play in Australia every year. Besides, India is a top team.

    Pakistan has literally played in England every year starting with the 2016 tour. It is baffling how a powerful, influential board like ECB can find the space to host a small, mediocre team like Pakistan at home every year.
    Itís a limited over series and this will sell well with the diaspora.
    Also the ECB are grateful to Pakistan for touring this year.
    Depending on the roll out of the vaccine program we should hopefullybe able to attend matches in person

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    However, yes the onus is on PCT to be competitive, otherwise both ECB & PCB will loose interest going forward. At the end, rivalry has to be matched on field - donít think BCCIís riches would have lured Aussies to bring India every alternate year if the team was .... you know. In 1970s & 80s most frequent tourists in Australia were WIN & PAK - you can check records, for a reason and that wasnít for WICB or PCCBís might or muscle.
    It might have been the case in the past but I don't think a team's performance can dictate the length of series nowadays.

    It's all about money and profits now.

    For example in Eng, India have been really poor in the last decade but they still get 5 tests as opposed to teams like SA, SL and Pak who have been much better result-wise.

    Similarly in Aus, India have been good and they get 4 tests but SA who have won multiple series in Aus only get 3 tests and that too not as often as India.

    So it's all about who can bring in more money and sponsorships.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashmal View Post
    It might have been the case in the past but I don't think a team's performance can dictate the length of series nowadays.

    It's all about money and profits now.

    For example in Eng, India have been really poor in the last decade but they still get 5 tests as opposed to teams like SA, SL and Pak who have been much better result-wise.

    Similarly in Aus, India have been good and they get 4 tests but SA who have won multiple series in Aus only get 3 tests and that too not as often as India.

    So it's all about who can bring in more money and sponsorships.
    Good post.

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    Hopefully fans are allowed so I can go watch a couple of games

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    Hopefully fans are allowed so I can go watch a couple of games
    England is on course to lift most restrictions by Easter.

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    I hope they can add some tests to the tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    England is on course to lift most restrictions by Easter.
    Hopefully they do

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashmal View Post
    It might have been the case in the past but I don't think a team's performance can dictate the length of series nowadays.

    It's all about money and profits now.

    For example in Eng, India have been really poor in the last decade but they still get 5 tests as opposed to teams like SA, SL and Pak who have been much better result-wise.

    Similarly in Aus, India have been good and they get 4 tests but SA who have won multiple series in Aus only get 3 tests and that too not as often as India.

    So it's all about who can bring in more money and sponsorships.
    Financials always dominated such decisions, even in 1881, Australia put two completely different teams in an Ashes series as their first choice players declined to play without higher share of gate money. Still performance has to be there to keep fans & sponsors interested, which eventually result into money. AUS - SAF is a bit different case because both share the same cricket season and none are ready to compromise their summer in other's country, that has been the case with NZ as well, but SAF-ENG does play 4 Test series, last AUS tour to SAF was 4 Test series and they played like 6-7 games ODI series.

    Anyway, if you think that PAK will go there to participate and help ECB making money, result doesn't matter much - it's your choice.


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