England’s cricket team arrived in Pakistan early Sunday to play three Tests for the first time in the country since 2005. England played a successful Twenty20 series two months ago in Pakistan but has declined to play a Test match there for 17 years because of the precarious security situation.
They were due to visit Pakistan last year but pulled out after New Zealand abandoned their tour minutes before the first one-day international, citing security alerts.
There were fears of a similar pullout earlier this month following an attack on former prime minister Imran Khan during a protest march.
England squad For Test Series Against Pakistan:
Ben Stokes (capt), James Anderson, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Jamie Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood, Rehan Ahmed.
World Test championship:
The three-match series that is part of the World Test championship will start in Rawalpindi on December 1, with the second Test in Multan (December 9-13), and the third in Karachi (December 17-21).
Pakistan, currently fifth in the nine-team championship to England’s seventh, will hope for a series win to finish in the top two to play 2023 final.
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