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England Women to embark on historic tour of Pakistan in October
England Women's tour of Pakistan

England Women to embark on historic tour of Pakistan in October

The England women's team will tour Pakistan for the first time ever later this year to play two T20Is and three ODIs in Karachi.

The T20I leg of the tour will take place simultaneously alongside the England men's trip to Pakistan as the two games will be played as double-headers on October 14 and 15. The ODI fixtures will be staged on October 18, 20 and 22.

The last meeting between Pakistan Women and England Women occurred during the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 with the latter triumphing by 42 runs.

Earlier in December 2019, Pakistan hosted England in Malaysia for the ICC Women’s Championship matches, losing both the ODI and the T20I series.

“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," said Clare Connor, ECB's Managing Director of Women’s Cricket.

“Not only will this be a cricket tour that provides a valuable competitive opportunity to both teams, but 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.

Meanwhile, the England men's first tour of Pakistan in 16 years was supposed to be held in late January but the compressed international calendar forced the two boards to reschedule the limited-overs assignment.

“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," said PCB chief executive Wasim Khan.

“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.

“Women’s T20Is taking place before the men’s matches at the iconic National Stadium will mean more eyeballs will follow these matches than ever before," he added.

Wasim hoped the England Women fixtures would harness the skills of their Pakistan counterparts and help their preparations for the next edition of the ICC T20 World Cup.

"While this presents a great opportunity for the PCB to showcase the image and profile of women’s cricket, 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 so that they can also fall in love with this great sport," Wasim stated.

“The three ODIs against the world champions will assist the Pakistan women’s side to access, gauge and fine-tune their ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 preparations as they aim to produce improved performances than in the past."

Schedule of England Women v Pakistan Women

14 October – 1st T20I

15 October – 2nd T20I

18 October – 1st ODI

20 October – 2nd ODI

22 October – 3rd ODI