Pakistan’s future tours programme revealed

They will host 10 Test playing nations between 2023 and 2027
<p>Photo: AFP</p>

Photo: AFP

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday revealed the Future Tours Programme 2023-2027, confirming Pakistan as host of the ICC Champions Trophy 2025.

The country will host 10 Test playing nations during the cycle. They will play 27 ICC World Test Championship fixtures (13 home and 14 away), 47 One-Day Internationals (26 home and 21 home) and 56 Twenty20 Internationals (27 home and 29 away).

These include matches in the ACC 50-over Asia Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy, which Pakistan will stage in 2023 and 2025, respectively.

The number of matches may increase depending on where Pakistan finishes in the ICC and ACC events between 2023 and 2027, as well as in the 2025 and 2026 three-nation ODI series.

The Future Tours Programme is prepared collectively by the ICC Member Boards.

ICC World Test Championship 2023-2025:

• Pakistan vs Australia (away)

• Pakistan vs Bangladesh (home)

• Pakistan vs England (home)

• Pakistan vs South Africa (away)

• Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (away)

• Pakistan vs West Indies (home)

ICC World Test Championship 2025-2027:

• Pakistan vs Bangladesh (away)

• Pakistan vs England (away)

• Pakistan vs New Zealand (home)

• Pakistan vs South Africa (home)

• Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (home)

• Pakistan vs West Indies (away)

Apart from that they will play three-nation ODI series involving New Zealand and South Africa in 2025, which will take place in the build-up to the ICC Champions Trophy 2025, while England and Sri Lanka will participate in the series in October/November 2026.

The PCB has scheduled white-ball matches with one-eye on the ICC global events.

While Pakistan will host the Asia Cup 2023 and triangular series in February 2025 in the lead up to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and the ICC Champions Trophy 2025, respectively, it will play 11 T20Is against the Netherlands, Ireland and England in the build-up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, which will be jointly hosted by the United States and the West Indies.

Likewise, ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2026, which will be co-hosted by India and Sri Lanka, Pakistan will play Australia in three home T20Is.

Apart from Australia, three other sides - Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe - will also play white-ball matches in Pakistan between 2023 and 2027.

Pakistan’s FTP 2023-2027 reflects that it will play hosts to 10 out of 12 ICC Full Member nations for the first time in more than two decades.

Pakistan Men’s Future Tours Programme 2023-2027 (all Test matches count towards the ICC World Test Championships 2023-2025 and 2025-2027)

2023-24

July – Pakistan to Sri Lanka (two Tests)

August – Pakistan to Afghanistan (three ODIs)

September – ACC 50-over Asia Cup in Pakistan

October/November – ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup India 2023

December/January – Pakistan to Australia (three Tests)

February/March – West Indies in Pakistan (two Tests, three T20Is)

May – Pakistan to Netherlands (three T20Is), Ireland (three T20Is) and England (five T20Is)

June – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup USA/West Indies 2024

2024-25

August – Bangladesh in Pakistan (two Tests)

October – England in Pakistan (three Tests)

November – Pakistan to Australia (three ODIs and three T20Is)

November/December – Pakistan to Zimbabwe (three ODIs and three T20Is)

December/January – Pakistan to South Africa (two Tests, three ODIs, three T20Is)

January – Pakistan to New Zealand (three ODIs and three T20Is)

February – New Zealand and South Africa in Pakistan (ODI tri-series)

February/March – ICC Champions Trophy Pakistan 2025

May – Bangladesh in Pakistan (three ODIs and three T20Is)

2025-26

July/August – Pakistan to West Indies (three ODIs, three T20Is)

August – Afghanistan in Pakistan (three T20Is)

August/September – ACC T20 Asia Cup (host/venue TBC)

September/October – Ireland in Pakistan (three ODIs, three T20Is)

October/November – South Africa in Pakistan (two Tests, three ODIs, three T20Is)

November – Sri Lanka in Pakistan (three ODIs, three T20Is)

February – Australia in Pakistan (three T20Is)

February/March – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup India/Sri Lanka 2026

March – Australia in Pakistan (three ODIs)

March/April – Pakistan to Bangladesh (two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is)

April/May – Zimbabwe in Pakistan (three ODIs and three T20Is)

2026-27

July/August – Pakistan to West Indies (two Tests)

August/September – Pakistan to England (three Tests)

October – Sri Lanka in Pakistan (three T20Is)

October/November – England and Sri Lanka in Pakistan (ODI tri-series)

November – Sri Lanka in Pakistan (two Tests)

March – New Zealand in Pakistan (two Tests)

HBL Pakistan Super League (these are tentative windows during the 2023-2027 cycle):

January/February 2024 – HBL Pakistan Super League 2024

March-May 2025 – HBL Pakistan Super League 2025

December 2025/January 2026 – HBL Pakistan Super League 2026

January/February 2027 – HBL Pakistan Super League 2027

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