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Sports

England women to make first-ever tour of Pakistan in October

  • World champions to play two T20Is and three ODIs; T20Is will be played as double-headers alongside the men’s teams on 14 and 15 October in Karachi
  • Wasim Khan: “It is a chance for the women cricketers to demonstrate their talent and skills, and play their part in attracting, inspiring and motivating the next generation of women cricketers”
07 Jan, 2021

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced England women’s national cricket team will tour Pakistan in October along with their men’s side for two Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals in Karachi.

England women will play the two T20Is as double-headers alongside their men’s team on 14 and 15 October, while the ODIs will be played on 18, 20 and 22 October. The National Stadium will host all five fixtures.

Unlike the men’s side, who will be returning to Pakistan for the first time since 2005, this will be the 50-over world champions’ maiden tour to Pakistan.

Pakistan and England last played in a Group-B ICC Women’s World T20 2020 match, which England won by 42 runs. In December 2019, Pakistan hosted England in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the ICC Women’s Championship 2017-2020 with England winning the ODI series 2-0 and T20I series 3-0.

Commenting on the tour, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said, “World champions England accompanying their men’s side for their first-ever tour to Karachi is an extremely powerful and strong announcement for Pakistan, our women’s cricketers as well as for the global sport.

“This announcement reflects the confidence, trust and relationship the PCB enjoys with the England and Wales Cricket Board, and is an acknowledgement for the successful delivery of international and domestic cricket in the challenging and difficult 2020.

ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor said, “We are absolutely delighted to be making this historic announcement today. The England Women’s cricket team has never toured Pakistan before so this is another important step in our history and journey.

“Not only will this be a cricket tour that provides valuable competitive opportunity to both teams, it should also serve as another powerful and positive message as we drive forward our equality ambitions for more women and girls to derive empowerment through the sport.

“I was in Pakistan last year and I know the impact that a women’s tour such as this can have and how memorable an experience it will be for our players and staff.”

Series schedule:

14 October – 1st T20I, National Stadium, Karachi 15 October – 2nd T20I, National Stadium, Karachi 18 October – 1st ODI, National Stadium, Karachi 20 October – 2nd ODI, National Stadium, Karachi 22 October – 3rd ODI, National Stadium, Karachi

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