England cricket team arrives for first Pakistan tour in 17 years - GulfToday

England cricket team arrives for first Pakistan tour in 17 years


England’s Ben Stokes walks off the field with teammates after South Africa second innings at The Oval, London. Reuters

England's cricket team touched down in Karachi on Thursday on their first tour of Pakistan in 17 years — a lengthy absence brought about by security fears following attacks on international teams.

An airport official told the media the England squad — 19 players plus support staff — landed at Karachi airport on a commercial flight.


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England last played in Pakistan in 2005 and were due to visit again last year until pulling out at short notice after New Zealand also cancelled a tour citing safety concerns.

England's Ollie Robinson (left) and teammate Ben Foakes walk off during a Test match against South Africa. AFP

Following a 2009 attack by Islamist militants on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, Pakistan was forced to play international matches at neutral venues in the UAE.

Cricket has gradually returned and earlier this year Australia toured successfully for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century.

England will play Pakistan in seven Twenty20 games in Karachi and Lahore from September 20 to October 2, before returning in December for three Tests.

Agence France-Presse




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