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Pakistan to tour Netherlands, Ireland in 2020 before England series
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Pakistan to tour Netherlands, Ireland in 2020 before England series

Pakistan will travel to the Netherlands and Ireland next year to take part in five limited-overs fixtures before their tour of England later in the summer.

Pakistan will be hosted by the Netherlands for three ODIs from July 4-9 – the first-ever bilateral series between the two cricket nations - after which the visitors land in Ireland for two T20Is on July 12 and 14.

The three-match Test series against England will commence on July 30 and conclude on August 20 when the action shifts to three T20Is.

The three games between Pakistan and the Netherlands are scheduled to be conducted at the VRA Cricket Club in Amstelveen.

The last of the three ODI encounters amongst the two teams took place in the 2003 World Cup where Pakistan triumphed by 97 runs and Wasim Akram became the first cricketer to register 500 ODI wickets.

“We are pleased to announce the schedule of the Netherlands versus Pakistan ODI series. Pakistan is one of the most exciting and followed teams in the world and they will add further flavor and context to our domestic season," said Betty Timmer, Chair of the country's cricket body.

Pakistan previously made the trip to Ireland in 2018 when they played a one-off Test against the hosts, Ireland's debut appearance in the longer format.

The two sides have met only once in T20Is, during the 2009 World T20 where the eventual tournament victors Pakistan won by 39 runs at The Oval.

“Ireland and Pakistan have a close affinity, both across men’s and women’s cricket, and we are delighted to welcome the top-ranked T20I side to Ireland for what will be an action-packed series," Performance Director at Cricket Ireland Richard Holdsworth commented.

PCB Director of International Cricket Zakir Khan welcomed the prospect of strengthening ties between the PCB and KNCB and Ireland Cricket.

“The PCB is looking forward to visiting the Netherlands and Ireland. On our previous trips, we have received tremendous public support who have thronged the stadia to not only watch cricket but also appreciate and encourage the players.

"We also have a long and strong relationship with KNCB and Ireland Cricket, and I am confident the upcoming tours will further strengthen the bonding," he said.

Series schedule

4 July – 1st ODI v Netherlands

7 July – 2nd ODI v Netherlands

9 July – 3rd ODI v Netherlands

12 July – 1st T20I v Ireland

14 July – 2nd T20I v Ireland