Pakistan set to host England in 2015

KARACHI: Pakistan will host England for a full series of Tests and limited-overs matches in the United Arab Emirates from next October, the country’s cricket board confirmed on Wednesday.

“We will be playing three Tests, five one-day internationals and a T20 match against England in October and November and it is a home series for us,” a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said.

Pakistan have yet to host any tours on home soil since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009.

England refused an invite to tour the country in early 2012, instead playing a series in the UAE, where the tourists lost all three Test matches but won the one-day and T20 series.

The PCB official said that Pakistan were also hoping to host India in the UAE immediately after the England series for two Tests, five one-day internationals and two T20 matches.

“While the series with England is confirmed, the series with India is subject to government clearance but is now officially part of the future tours program,” the official said.

“We see both these series as a ideal opportunity to improve our financial position,” the official added.

Pakistan and India have not played a bilateral test series since 2007 because of the frosty relations between the two countries following the Mumbai terror attacks of a year later.

“We have an agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) under which we will host them for back-to-back tours before they host us for consecutive tours from 2016,” the official added

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