England Cricket Team Arrives For a Series In Pakistan After 17 Years

The cricket team from England arrived in Karachi on Thursday to play England vs Pakistan as part of their first trip to Pakistan in seventeen years.

England last competed in Pakistan in 2005, and they were scheduled to return last year before abruptly cancelling after New Zealand also postponed a tour owing to safety problems.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which was outraged by the action, described it as “incredibly rude.”

Pakistan was compelled to host England for series in 2012 and 2015 after an attack in 2009 on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore. The UAE served as one such location.

International cricket has slowly made a comeback in Pakistan over the past five years, and recently this year, Australia completed a fruitful series for the very first time in nearly 25 years.

The PCB remains confident that the England games will also go ahead without a hitch, noting that the Australia tour had “proved our tournament planning and execution skills.”

Roads between the England team accommodation and Karachi’s National stadium will be closed off and guarded by security personnel on game days. Their route will be monitored by a helicopter, and businesses that have stadium views will be required to close.

The government of Pakistan was engaged in conflict with insurgents the previous time England visited. Although the security environment has significantly improved since then, attacks have increased ever since the Taliban retook control of the nearby nation of Afghanistan.

The journey takes place as Pakistan struggles to recover from the devastating flooding that has affected at least 33 million people and submerged roughly a third of the nation.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) stated last month that amid the humanitarian crisis, the team was “eager” to perform in Pakistan.

Rob Key, general director of men’s cricket, said he thinks ideally us stepping out there and participating will be a boost for what’s been a really horrific moment for the citizens of that country.”

From September 20 to October 2, the 19-man England side, led by Jos Buttler, will compete against Pakistan in seven Twenty20 matches in Karachi and Lahore in preparation for the T20 World Cup in Australia that will take place the following month.

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