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Rawalpindi to host two T20s between England and Pakistan men’s cricket teams in October

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LAHORE: Rawalpindi will host the two T20 international matches between the men’s cricket teams of Pakistan and England just ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.

Both matches will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on October 13 and 14, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement today (Friday).

The matches were earlier scheduled to take place at the National Stadium Karachi, on 14 and 15 October, but have been rescheduled due to operational and logistical reasons, the Board said.

Eoin Morgan’s side, along with Heather Knight’s team, will arrive in Islamabad on October 9 and while the men’s squad will depart for Dubai on October 15, England women will stay back for the three ODIs to be played on 17, 19 and 21 October at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

“We are delighted to welcome both the England men’s team for what will be their first tour to Pakistan since 2005, and the England women’s team, who will be touring Pakistan for the first time. Both are additional tours with England men’s side scheduled to return to Pakistan in the last quarter of 2022 for white-ball and ICC World Test Championship fixtures, PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said.

Both Morgan and Knight’s sides are 50-over world champions. England men are ranked No.1 in ICC T20I Team Rankings and England women are second – just five points behind ICC Women’s T20 World Cup winners Australia.

Series schedule (all matches to be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, match timing to be announced in due course):

9 Oct – England men and women sides’ arrival

13 Oct – Pakistan Women v England Women; Pakistan Men v England Men (T20I double-header)

14 Oct – Pakistan Women v England Women; Pakistan Men v England Men (T20I double-header)

17 Oct – Pakistan Women v England Women, 1st ODI

19 Oct – Pakistan Women v England Women, 2nd ODI

21 Oct – Pakistan Women v England Women, 3rd ODI

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