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PCB announce itinerary for next year's England tour

Pakistan is scheduled to play three Tests in England next year as part of the recently inaugurated World Test Championship (WTC), it was announced on Wednesday.

The conclusion of the Test series will be followed by three T20 internationals with the first game to be held on August 29.

The five-week-long tour will kick off on July 30 at Lord's, the iconic venue where Pakistan has triumphed in their previous two outings.

The last meeting between the two sides at Lord's saw Mohammad Abbas dismantle the England batting line-up managing to register match figures of 8-64 as Pakistan emerged victorious by a significant margin of nine wickets.

Pakistan's second game of the series takes place at Old Trafford in Manchester, the venue where they have been unable to register a win in the longest format since 2001.

The final Test will be hosted at Trent Bridge where Pakistan have not yet won in four tries.

The importance of the Test encounters can be gauged from the fact it is the last series to be played by Pakistan in the 2019-20 season of the Test Championship before the focus shifts on the second half of the two-year WTC cycle.

"This tour holds special significance since this will be Pakistan’s first-ever tour of England for World Test Championship matches," PCB's director of international cricket Zakir Khan said.

Pakistan's upcoming Test assignment includes hosting Sri Lanka in October and Bangladesh in January while they will be touring Australia in between.

England is set for a return tour of Pakistan later in 2022 which will comprise of three Tests under the next edition of the WTC and a three-match ODI series.

The three T20Is in England offer Pakistan, who are currently ranked number one in the shortest format, the chance to prepare for the T20 World Cup showdown in Australia in November.

“A tour of England tests the skills and limits of the visiting sides and I anticipate this tour to help Pakistan furnish their red-ball skills and also prepare them for the all-important ICC T20 World Cup in Australia later in 2020," Khan added.

“The PCB and the English and Wales Cricket Board enjoy an amicable relationship and this being Pakistan’s third bi-lateral tour of England in the last four years perfectly mirrors it. In 2010, the ECB provided the PCB facilities to host Australia in a two-match Test series.”

Test schedule

1st Test match, England v Pakistan, 30 July-3 August 2020, Lord’s, London

2nd Test match, England v Pakistan, 7-11 August 2020, Old Trafford, Manchester

3rd Test match, England v Pakistan, 20-24 August 2020, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

T20I schedule

1st T20I, England v Pakistan, Saturday 29 August 2020, Headingley, Leeds

2nd T20I, England v Pakistan, Monday 31 August 2020, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

3rd T20I, England v Pakistan, Wednesday 2 September 2020, Ageas Bowl, Southampton

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