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Pakistan to play against Ireland, Netherlands next year

Pakistan to play against Ireland, Netherlands next year

Pakistan is expected to play two limited-overs series against Ireland and the Netherlands next year ahead of the tour of England in July 2020. The itinerary for the white-ball fixtures is yet to be revealed in full detail but a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesperson has claimed these matches will be conducted before the full-fledged series against England later in the summer.

The team will first travel to the Netherlands, where they will partake in three ODIs before visiting Ireland for a two-match T20I series. 

Pakistan and Netherlands have not met in an ODI since 2003 but this series is planned to bridge the gap between the top and bottom-ranked sides in world cricket.

Pakistan have played against Ireland in only one T20I which Pakistan triumphed in 2009. Ireland made their Test debut against Pakistan last year, which the tourists won by five wickets despite a jittery top-order collapse in the second innings.

Following the five limited-overs games, Pakistan will kick off their three-match Test series in England on July 30 2020.