England tour of Pakistan: Ben Stokes-led England landed in Pakistan in the early hours of Sunday to play Test series in the country for the first time in 17 years. The teams will play three Tests between December 1 to 21.
Ben Stokes-led England will play three Tests against Pakistan. (Reuters Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Team England landed in Pakistan in the early hours of Sunday to play Test series in the country for the first time in 17 years.
England were originally scheduled to tour Pakistan last year but backed out after New Zealand abandoned their ODI trip owing to security concerns. England then travelled to Pakistan for a highly-competitive T20I series, which ended 4-3 in favour of England two months ago.
England declined to play a Test match in Pakistan after fears emerged following the attack on former Pakistan Prime Minister and retired cricketer Imran Khan during a protest in Wazirabad.
However, Ben Stokes-led England Test team reached Pakistan to play three Tests after receiving security. England and Pakistan will clash in Rawalpindi for the first Test match from December 1-5, followed by Multan (December 9-13) and Karachi (December 17-21). The series is part of the ICC World Test Championship.
“It has been a long time since England have played Test cricket in Pakistan,” Stokes said in Abu Dhabi on Friday. “With what happened with Imran Khan recently, there was a little bit of concern, but we have Reg Dickason, who has been the security man for many years with England, and we left it in his capable hands.”
“In terms of the tour itself, I am really looking forward to it. I have never been there, and I am quite interested to see what the security lark is like. I have heard it is pretty intense.”
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shan Masood, Saud Shakeel, Salman Agha, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Abrar Ahmed, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Nawaz, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Ali.
England: Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes (wk), Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Jamie Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood.