England have announced home fixtures against Pakistan and Ireland this summer.
Three ODI clashes with Ireland will take place between July 30 and August 4. All games will take place at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl and will be behind closed doors.
Those games will then be followed by a three-match Test Series against Pakistan throughout August. The first will take place at Old Trafford before the final two games are once more held at the Ageas Bowl.
Three T20I matches against Pakistan will then take place at Old Trafford between August 28 and September 1. Again, all fixtures will be behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
England vs Ireland ODI series:
The Ireland squad will arrive in the UK on Saturday 18th July, travelling to the Ageas Bowl. This will be their base before the games at the same venue
- First ODI – July 30 – Ageas Bowl, Southampton
- Second ODI – August 1 – Ageas Bowl, Southampton
- Third ODI – August 4 – Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England vs Pakistan Test series:
Pakistan arrived into the UK on Sunday 28th June and are undergoing a 14-day isolation period at Blackfinch New Road, Worcester, before transferring to Derbyshire’s County Ground to continue preparations.
- First Test – August 5-9 – Old Trafford, Manchester
- Second Test – August 13-17 – Ageas Bowl, Southampton
- Third Test – August 21-25 – Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England vs Pakistan T20I Series:
- First T20I – August 28 – Old Trafford, Manchester
- Second T20I – August 30 – Old Trafford, Manchester
- Third T20I – September 1 – Old Trafford, Manchester
Fixture announcement is important step
ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison said: “Confirmation of these matches against Ireland and Pakistan is another important step for our game as we begin to safely stage international cricket again, but also to minimise the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, on cricket at all levels.
“It has taken significant effort and expertise to allow us to reach a position where cricket is now ready and able to return to the field of play from the elite level to recreational cricket.
“We owe a significant debt of gratitude to the players, staff and administrators of the Cricket West Indies, Cricket Ireland, and the Pakistan Cricket Board for their willingness and co-operation to get international cricket back up and running and allow these matches to be staged.
“Sports fans across the world will benefit as international cricket returns to our screens while it will also provide much-needed financial aid at all levels of cricket in England and Wales as we aim to withstand the challenges in front of us.
“It must be reiterated that there is still much work for the ECB and the cricket network to do as we try to plot a path through this pandemic.”