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Why Pakistan and England are Participating in the Longest T20 I Series in History: seven Matches over Thirteen days

Covid-19 and the 2017 postponed trip necessitated this extended meeting.

The long-awaited Twenty20 international series that England will play in Pakistan will finally get underway on Tuesday night at Karachi’s National Stadium. This will mark the start of the first seven matches over the following thirteen days.

It will be the most extended protracted Twenty20 international series ever played between full-member nations, and it will also be the most extensive bilateral Twenty20 series ever played. The only previous full-member Twenty20 International series to include more than five games was between India and South Africa’s women in October 2019, when a sixth Twenty20 International was added after weather wiped out the second and third games of the series. In November 2019, Malawi played host to Mozambique for 14 Twenty20 International matches (seven men’s and seven women’s).

This series was supposed to consist of five ODIs before the World Cup in India in February-March 2023; however, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 T20 World Cup has been pushed back to October-November 2022, and the 50-over World Cup has been made back to October-November 2023. As a result of these changes, this series was initially supposed to consist of five ODIs before the World Cup in India in February-March 2023.

Even though the men’s team was only supposed to play two T20 Internationals in Lahore during a four-day layover on their way to the T20 World Cup last year, the ECB abruptly canceled the tour out of concern for the players’ mental and physical well-being. The reason for the cancellation was that the players were only scheduled to play in Lahore for six days.

After the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Ramiz Raja suggested that Pakistan had been “used and binned” by cricket’s “Western Bloc,” the executive director of the English Cricket Board (ECB) Tom Harrison and the deputy chair of the ECB, Martin Darlow, traveled to Lahore in November 2021 to explain the circumstances surrounding their withdrawal.

The boards of both countries decided during the tour that they would rotate their teams to keep their best players fresh for the Twenty20 World Cup that would take place the following month. This competition has been expanded to include a total of four Twenty20 Internationals.

“Seven games will be a challenge,” Jos Buttler, who will not be able to play again until the Lahore portion of the tour, said. Because some of them are back-to-back, we must manage our roster carefully. There are a few bowlers who demand our attention right now. We have no choice but to put them in dangerous situations and get them into fighting form, but we can’t afford to take any risks that aren’t essential.

According to Matthew Mott, the head coach of England, “Initially, I thought seven games over here would be a lot, but I believe it will play into our benefit.” Throughout this tournament, we will have the opportunity to play many games for the returning players and see how various individuals perform under intense competition.

In addition to the seven games already planned, the two teams will meet on October 17 at the Gabba for an official International Cricket Council (ICC) warm-up match.

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