England to tour Pakistan for first time since 2005 after years away due to attack by gunmen on Sri Lanka team in 2009

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England will tour Pakistan for the first time in 16 years when they visit the country for two T20 matches in October 2021.

No international matches were played in Pakistan for ten years following an attack by gunmen on the Sri Lanka team in 2009.

talkSPORT’s Steve Harmison was playing last time England played Pakistan

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talkSPORT’s Steve Harmison was playing last time England played Pakistan

England have not travelled there since 2005, although they have faced Pakistan on foreign soil, in the United Arab Emirates, where most of their ‘home’ series have taken place.

But international cricket has been slowly coming back to Pakistan over the last year, and it has been confirmed England will make their long-awaited return to the country late next year as they warm up for the T20 World Cup.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison said: “As was demonstrated this summer, we have a strong relationship with the Pakistan Cricket Board and the ECB is delighted to be able to play our part in ensuring the safe return of international cricket to this wonderful nation of passionate cricket fans.

Pakistan travelled to England for a Test series earlier this summer

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Pakistan travelled to England for a Test series earlier this summer

“As always, the safety and welfare of our players and staff will be paramount.

“We are working closely with the PCB to ensure all the necessary plans are in place, especially concerning the anticipated levels of security around the team, the proposed travel protocols and of course the situation regarding the fast-moving and ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic.”

Before that, England tour South Africa this month, with every ball of every game live on talkSPORT 2.

talkSPORT will be bringing you all the action live from South Africa

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talkSPORT will be bringing you all the action live from South Africa

The broadcasting team includes talkSPORT cricket regulars, Mark Butcher, Steve Harmison, Gareth Batty, Alex Tudor, Neil Manthorp, Jarrod Kimber and Andrew McKenna, plus England bowler Kate Cross and former South African players Shaun Pollock, Dane Vilas and Alfonso Thomas join the team for the series.

To follow the action, download the talkSPORT app, re-tune your DAB radio, listen at talkSPORT.com HERE or tell your smart speaker to ‘play talkSPORT 2’.

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