October 3, 2022
England cricket team reached Pakistan tour for the first time in 17 years

The England cricket team landed in Karachi on Thursday on their first tour of Pakistan in 17 years – a long absence due to security fears. England last played in Pakistan in 2005 and were due to visit last year until New Zealand also canceled a tour citing security concerns. The move angered the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), desperate to restore its security reputation, which called it “outrageous”.

After the deadly 2009 attack by terrorists on a Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, Pakistan were forced to play international matches at neutral venues such as the United Arab Emirates, where they hosted England for series in 2012 and 2015.

Over the past five years, international cricket has slowly returned to Pakistan and earlier this year Australia successfully toured for the first time in nearly a quarter century.

tight security

The PCB said the Australia series “demonstrated our event planning and handling skills” and expressed confidence that England’s games would also end safely.

On match days, the roads between the England team hotel and Karachi’s national stadium would be closed and subjected to armed guards.

A helicopter will monitor their journey and shops and offices in front of the stadium will be ordered to be closed.

The last time England visited Pakistan, the government was waging a desperate battle with terrorists, including the Taliban’s own home chapter.

The security situation has improved significantly since then, but attacks have intensified since the Taliban came back to power in neighboring Afghanistan.

In March an ISIS suicide bomber attacked a minority Shia mosque in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing 64 in the deadliest terror attack since 2018.

Most of the violence is confined to the border areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which have long been a hive of terrorism.

the rain doesn’t stop playing

However, Karachi and Lahore have been targeted by the recent Baloch terrorist attacks. Four people, including three Chinese nationals, were killed in Karachi in April.

The visit comes at a time when Pakistan is grappling with catastrophic floods that have left nearly a third of the country under water and affected at least 33 million people.

Last month the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said the team was “desperate” to play in Pakistan despite the humanitarian disaster.

“I think hopefully we’re going to be out there and playing is a very painful time for the people of that country,” said men’s cricket managing director Rob Key.


The 19-man England team, captained by Jos Buttler, will play seven Twenty20 matches against Pakistan in Karachi and Lahore from September 20 to October 2 as both teams prepare for the T20 World Cup in Australia next month.

England will return in December to play three five-day Test matches.

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