The English team is all set to tour Pakistan after 17 years. The two powerhouses in T20 cricket are set to face each other in a power-packed T20 series in September this year just before the 20-20 world cup. The series will take place from September 15th till October 2nd. The matches are expected to be played in Multan, Rawalpindi, and Lahore.
The series was originally expected to be of 5 games. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had later approved two additional T20Is.
ECB had canceled their Pakistan tour last year at the last minute as the players were experiencing bubble fatigue. While the English side will tour Pakistan in September for the T20 series, they are also expected to return to the Asian nation for a three-match Test series after the 20-20 World Cup 2022.
The England team are playing a 3-match ODI and a 3-match Test series simultaneously against the Netherlands and New Zealand respectively. England have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Test series and are looking in great touch just before the all-important Test against India.
After the completion of the two series, they will be up against India in the rescheduled fifth Test at Birmingham from July 1. India are leading the five-match series by 2-1 and have a chance of securing a series victory on English soil after 15 years. The two cricketing giants will also go up against each other in six white-ball matches following the red-ball fixture. They will play three T20Is and as many ODIs between July 7 and July 17.
India squad for fifth Test: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Srikar Bharat (wk)