Published:19 November 2020
England's long-awaited Pakistan tour early next year for a short T20 series is set to be postponed to October next year due to the unavailability of top players and cost-related matters.
The tour, which was tentatively scheduled for January-February, is likely to be moved to October ahead of the T20 World Cup in India, according to media reports.
A source aware of the developments disclosed that the issue arising is that England will participate in series with Sri Lanka and India at the beginning of next year and some of their T20 specialist players are also signed up for the Australia’s Big Bash League.
The other concern is the cost of England touring Pakistan.
The source added that since it is only a three-match series with Karachi the likely venue, it is not cost-effective for the England board to fly the English squad by a chartered flight after conducting a training camp in Dubai.
He pointed out that the two boards had discussed the more viable choice of postpone the series to October as that would allow the entire England T20 team to stop in Pakistan For the 3-match series ahead flying to India.
Due to security reasons, England has not played in the country since 2005 and when the Pakistan and English boards announced they were considering a short tour, it gave Pakistan cricket a major boost.
The source said that even the PCB didn't want a “C team” of England to play early next year as it's a major series and a breakthrough for cricket in Pakistan.
Pakistan is also set to host South Africa for 2 Tests and 3 T20 internationals early next year.